Dr Jack Cunningham

Reader in Ecclesiastical History Jack Cunningham teaches on the undergraduate Theology programme at Bishop Grosseteste University. Jack is a Church Historian with a current interest in early modern and late medieval ecclesiastical history with a particular interest in the 13th Century scientist, philosopher and theologian Robert Grosseteste. In 2007 he was elected Fellow of the Royal Historical Society in recognition of his work in Church history. Jack joined Bishop Grosseteste from the University of Ulster where he was the Mac an tSaoir PH. D. Scholar. Teaching Jack is coordinator of the Theology programme. His teaching interests include the histories of Western philosophy and Christianity. Jack is also postgraduate tutor for doctoral students. PhD Supervision interests - Robert Grosseteste, as well as any aspect of Early Modern or Medieval Church History.

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Jack’s research is in early-modern and late medieval religious history. Jack is a member of the Society for Reformation Studies, the Ecclesiastical History Society and the European convenor of the International Robert Grosseteste Society. It 2009 and 2014 he organised the International Grosseteste Conference. Jack is a core member of the Ordered Universe Project; based at Durham University this project brings together scientists and historians to prepare the work of Robert Grosseteste for publication. He is also one of the Principal Investigators of the Ordered Human Project based at BGU.


Cunningham, J. & Hocknull, M (2016) Robert Grosseteste and the pursuit of learning in the Middle-Ages. Springer

Cunningham, J. (2012) Robert Grosseteste: his thought and its impact. Canada: Pontifical Institute of Medieval Studies.

Cunningham, J. (2006) James Ussher and John Bramhall: The Theology and Politics of Two Irish Ecclesiastics of the Seventeenth Century. Aldershot: Ashgate Publishing.


Cunningham, J. (2013) ‘Lumen di lumine. Light, God and Creation in the philosophy of Grosseteste’. Cosmology and the Sacred Space: Lincoln Cathedral and Robert Grosseteste. Eds. N. Temple & J. Hendrix Ashgate

Cunningham, J. (2012) England’s Adam: the short career of the Giant Samothes in English Reformation thought. Early Modern Literary Studies, 16 (1). [view article]

Cunningham, J. (2011) ‘A little World without a World’: Ecclesiastical foundation myths in English Reformation thought. Journal of Anglican Studies. 8 (3).

Cunningham, J. (2011) Changing fashions: the coming of Reformation to Iceland. Reformation. 16. [view article]

Cunningham, J. (2009) Bishop Jón Arason, ‘the last Icelander,’ and the Reformation in Iceland. Reformation and Renaissance Review. 11 (3).

Cunningham, J. (2009) ‘A young man’s brow and an old man’s beard’ : the rise and fall of Joseph of Arimathea in English Reformation thought. Theology. 112 (4). 251-259.

Cunningham, J. (2008) John Bramhall’s other island: a Laudian solution to an Irish Problem. Irish Historical Studies. 36 (141).

Cunningham, J. (2006) The Eirenicon and the ‘Primitive Episcopacy’ of James Ussher: an Irish panacea for Britannia’s ailment. Reformation and Renaissance Review. 8 (2).