Writer & Ecclesiastical Historian

A graduate of Selwyn College, Cambridge, Nicholas trained for the Anglican ministry at Ripon Hall, Oxford. Inspired by a period working on the staff of Coventry Cathedral he has gained a wide experience of international matters. His doctorate from the University of Wales, Lampeter, is in Anglican Lay Ecclesiology based on studies in Brazil, Japan, Uganda, the United Kingdom and the United States.

Nicholas is a Vice President of ‘Modern Church’ (founded 1898) the oldest theological society in the Anglican Communion. He is also interested in the study of Anglicanism both historical and contemporary and he is the editor of a website dedicated to the study of the subject, which can be found at: www.anglicanism.org.

Formerly bishop-elect for the Diocese of Lake Malawi in Central Africa (2005-2009), Nicholas knows Africa well. He has lectured widely on international and historical issues and has a particular interest in making history relevant.

His other interests have included several years as the London Area Chaplain for the Actors’ Church Union with responsibility for London theatres and chaplaincy. His own theatres were the Theatre Royal, Haymarket and the Strand (now known as the Novello). He has been a Chaplain with Swan Hellenic and he is an enthusiastic amateur musician playing bass in jazz trios and quartets. Nicholas is a NADFAS (The Arts Society) accredited speaker.

The Church of England, history and provenance

Church of England

Vicars on bicycles, cream teas, garden fêtes and bazaars?

Learn about the extraordinary history of the national church which belittles its cosy image and opens up a world of saints and sinners, prelates and monarchs, subterfuge and even some sex!

Canterbury Cathedral, mother church of the Anglican Communion

Canterbury Cathedral

What is Anglicanism?

A history and explanation of how the Church of England went global.

Twelve Tudor Queens

Ten Tudor Queens

Elizabeth of York, Mary and Margaret Tudor, Catherine of Aragon, Anne Boleyn, Jane Seymour, Anne of Cleves, Catherine Howard, Catherine Parr, Lady Jane Grey, Mary, Elizabeth.

Deadlier than the male, powers behind the thrones, formative figures in a tumultuous era whose various influences are with us to this day.

This series can be customised to include particular queens or delivered in seven lectures.

Anne of Cleves, England’s half-forgotten queen

Anne of Cleves, by Hans Holbein the Younger

The fourth of Henry VIII’s six wives,

a humiliated pawn in the heady world of religion and politics, destined to become his ‘beloved sister’ but to outlive all the others.