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Dr George Gross was educated at King’s College London, studying Theology and specialising (in a final-year dissertation supervised by Dr David Crankshaw) in Tudor Coronations. This was followed by a Masters in Early Modern History, focussing on early Stuart Coronations, at the University of Cambridge. He completed a doctorate on later Stuart, Orange and Hanoverian coronations at King’s College London – also under Dr Crankshaw – with the title ‘‘The Lord’s Anointed’: British Coronations in Religious, Political and Social Contexts, c.1661–c.1714’, in April 2017.

Whilst a postgraduate student at King’s College London, Dr Gross has worked as a Graduate Teaching Assistant, lecturing and examining for modules on Reformation history and early modern religious/political thought. He is a co-convener at ‘The Religious History of Britain, 1500–1800’ seminar held at the Institute of Historical Research in London, where he presented a paper in 2014. Other papers have been delivered at a symposium held at Westminster Abbey (which he co-organized) in 2015 and discussed at a seminar held by University College London at the British Academy in 2016.

Research interests and PhD supervision

  • Coronation History (International)
  • The English Reformation
  • Politics and Religion


Reformation history; early modern religious/political thought; Coronation and ceremonial history.

Expertise and public engagement

Historical consultant (March 2017) for the forthcoming Mary Berry series 'Secrets From Britain's Great Houses', Scone Palace episode. Full details to follow. 

Paper given at the Kent British Churches Conference (22-23 June 2017) in collaboration with Canterbury Christ Church University. George Gross spoke on: ‘1651: The Last Coronation in Scotland – An Anomaly?

Selected publications

G. Gross (trans. Ju. S. Frolova), ‘From London to Moscow coronations: perceptions of monarchy’, Systems psychology and sociology, № 2 (26) (2018), pp. 97–110. Via

G. W. C. Gross, ‘Ivan IV and Elizabeth I: The influence of the Tsar’s matrimonial endeavours on the development of Russo-English relationsRUDN Journal of Russian History, № 4 (18) (2019), pp. 938–61

G. W. C. Gross, ‘Ivan IV and Elizabeth I — a comparative study: personality and politics as seen through their coronations’, II INTERNATIONAL SCIENTIFIC-PRACTICAL CONFERENCE "ACTUAL PROBLEMS OF PERSONALITY, EDUCATION AND SOCIETY IN THE CONTEXT OF THE SOCIAL SCIENCES AND HUMANITIES", conference proceedings publication, Moscow (2020), pp. 223–33