John Craig

‘Sounding Godly: from Bilney to Bunyan’


Building upon the ‘aural turn’ in historical and literary studies, this paper explores the sounds of godly zeal from the early decades of England’s Reformation to the latter half of the seventeenth century. As a more sober strain of Protestantism grew in strength, how did this shape the sounds of the godly, both clerical and lay, in public and private? And how, in turn, did godly sounds affect social relationships?


John Craig is Professor of Early Modern English History at Simon Fraser University in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. He studied at Carleton University, Ottawa (BA Hons and MA) and at Cambridge University (PhD, 1992). He was elected Munby Fellow in Bibliography in 2002-3 at Cambridge University Library and held the Katherine Pantzer Senior Fellowship in Bibliography in 2009. He has held visiting fellowships at various Cambridge colleges, most recently at Peterhouse in 2009-10.

He served as Dean of the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences at Simon Fraser University from 2010-2016.  He is currently writing The English Reformation by the Book, a study of parochial book purchase in English parishes from 1536 to 1642 based upon a detailed examination of surviving sets of churchwardens’ accounts and other parish records.

The International John Bunyan Society

A society dedicated to the study of the life and times of John Bunyan (1628-1688)