Dr David V N Bagchi

Senior Lecturer in Early Modern History and Ecclesiastical History/ Co-Director of the Andrew Marvell Centre for Medieval and Early Modern Studies.

Faculty of Arts, Cultures and Education


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David Bagchi specialises in the history and thought of the Reformation, with a particular interest in the theology of Martin Luther, early modern religious polemic, and the use of the printing press for disseminating theological ideas.

His major publications include Luther’s Earliest Opponents: Catholic Controversialists, 1518-25 (2nd ed., 2009) and The Cambridge Companion to Reformation Theology (2004) (co-edited with David C. Steinmetz).


Research Interests

  • The theology of Martin Luther

  • Early modern religious polemic

  • The use of the printing press for disseminating theological ideas

  • Early modern heresy discourse

Research groups

  • Co-Director, Andrew Marvell Centre for Medieval and Early Modern Studies, University of Hull

  • Co-editor, The Independent Works of William Tyndale (NEH-funded project)

  • Serves on the editorial boards of the Reformation and Renaissance Review, the Journal of Baroque Studies, and the journal Reformation


Luther’s Earliest Opponents: Catholic Controversialists, 1518-25, second edition, Minneapolis: Fortress Press (2009)

(co-edited with David Steinmetz), The Cambridge Companion to Reformation Theology, Cambridge: Cambridge University Press (2004)

‘"Teutschlandt uber alle welt": nationalism and catholicism in early Reformation Germany’, in The Reformation: Critical Concepts in Historical Studies, ed. by Andrew Pettegree, vol. 4, pp. 37-53, London: Routledge (2004). Originally printed in Archiv für Reformationsgeschichte 82 (1991), pp 39-58.

‘Luther’s Ninety-five Theses and the contemporary criticism of indulgences’, in Promissory Notes on the Treasury of Merits: Indulgences in the Later Middle Ages, ed. by Robert Swanson, Leiden: Koninklijke Brill (2006), pp 331-55.

‘Christ’s descent into Hell in Reformation controversy’, Studies in Church History 45 (2009), pp 228-47

Full list


Programmes taught on (2019)

Modules list


  • Henry VIII in European Perspective

  • The Reformation in Germany

  • Antisemitism and the Holocaust

  • The First Media Revolution

  • Early Modern Peoples and their Worlds

  • Practising Medieval and Early Modern History

Research PhDs

Dr Bagchi is happy to supervise MA and PhD students who wish to work on topics in the history and thought of the Reformation.

Completed PhDs 

Ralph Werrell, The roots of Tyndale's theology (principal supervisor)

Lesley Agar, The Seven Deadly Sins in Shakespeare (co-supervisor)

Sarah Walton, The pivot of authenticity in the modern fiction of ancient Rome (co-supervisor)

Current PhD supervisions 

Michael Haughton, English Catholic hebraism in early Tudor England (principal supervisor)

Teaching awards and accolades

  • Fellow of the Higher Education Academy

Professional highlights

Academic qualifications

  • MA (Oxford)

  • DPhil (Oxford)

External roles

  • Associate Editor, Reformation

  • Associate Editor, Reformation and Renaissance Review

  • Associate Editor, Journal of Baroque Studies

  • President of the Hull and District Theological Society

  • President of the Hull and District Branch of the Historical Association

  • Subject Reviewer, The Quality Assurance Agency for Higher Education (2000/01)

  • Specialist Panel Adviser (Church History), HEFCE Research Assessment Exercise (2008)

Awards and accolades

  • Late Open Exhibitioner, Worcester College, Oxford

  • HEFCE Promising Researcher Fellow

  • Fellow of the Royal Historical Society

Professional highlights

  • Elected to a Fellowship of the Royal Historical Society in 1998

  • The only person to have served two terms as President of the Society of Reformation Studies