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Visiting Professor of History, University of Reading / Worcester College Oxford, University of Reading

Helen Parish is a historian with interests in religion and belief in early modern Europe. She has written on the history of clerical celibacy and marriage in the western Church, as well as debates over superstition, miracles, magic, witchcraft, and early modern natural history.

She is the author of Clerical Marriage and the English Reformation (Ashgate, 2000) and Clerical Celibacy in the West (Ashgate, 2010), and a range of books and articles on the history of the Reformation, religious belief, and the supernatural in early modern Europe.


  • –present
    Professor in History, University of Reading


  • 1996 
    University of Oxford, DPhil, History