Michael Bush

Michael Bush was educated at Alderman Newton's Boys' School Leicester where an interest in history was first imparted by H.E. Howard. Proceeding to Christ's College, Cambridge on a major scholarship, he was awarded a BA in 1959 and a PhD in 1965. His undergraduate studies were directed by J.H.Plumb; his postgraduate studies were supervised by G.R.Elton. Prominent in his research has been an interest in resistance to government authority in the north of England, leading to several publications on the Tudor north, especially relating to the Pilgrimage of Grace of 1536, and on Manchester radicalism in the early nineteenth century. From 1962 Michael Bush taught modern history at Manchester University, giving up the post of Reader in 1994 to devote himself wholly to writing and research. In October 1999 he became Research Professor in Modern History at Manchester Metropolitan University. Since then he has worked for the Manchester Centre for Regional History located at that university. His current research is based on the ideas and following of the atheist and republican Richard Carlile.