Matthew Rowley received his PhD in early modern religious and political history from the University of Leicester. His thesis was entitled ‘Godly Violence: Military Providentialism in the Puritan Atlantic World, 1636–1676’. This study traced Puritan interpretations of providence in military victory over enemies in England, Ireland, Scotland and colonial America. It focused on how beliefs were created, sustained, contested and occasionally dismantled. The work also touched on issues of identity, race, slavery, law and memory. He is an Honorary Visiting Fellow at the University of Leicester, a Non-Stipendiary Fellow at the Woolf Institute and a Research Associate at the Cambridge Institute on Religion & International Studies (Clare College). He is currently working on a project on Protestant political thought—ranging from Martin Luther to WWI.
University of Leicester, University of Cambridge