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Durham University

Institute of Medieval and Early Modern Studies (IMEMS)

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The Art of Disagreeing Badly: Early Modern Religious Polemic about Church History

28th November 2017, 16:00, Palace Green Library Learning Centre, Dr Stefan Bauer (University of York)

followed by a drinks reception at the Cafe, Palace Green Library.

This event is part of the IMEMS Religious Diversity seminar series for 2017/18.

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The sixteenth and seventeenth centuries were an age of religious polemic. The Reformation presented a new challenge. Protestants aimed to explain, through examples from history, why error had come into the Church after apostolic times and how, after centuries of decadence, the Reformation had become necessary. Catholics argued, on the other hand, that the Church had always remained the same. Protestants also doubted specific key events in church history. They asserted, for example, that St Peter had never been in Rome, so that the tradition, on which the papacy based its own primacy, was invalid. Catholics, by contrast, never doubted Peter's stay in Rome. This seminar will explore how such polemical arguments conditioned the writing of ecclesiastical history.

Stefan Bauer, MA (Aachen), MA and PhD (Warburg Institute), FRHistS, FHEA, is a Lecturer in Early Modern History at the University of York. He studied History and Literature in Aachen, Cambridge (Corpus Christi), Siena and London. Stefan held post-doctoral positions at the German Historical Institute in Rome and the Italian-German Historical Institute in Trent, and was a Marie Curie Fellow at the University of York (2015-2017). He has been awarded scholarships and research grants by the Cambridge European Trust, AHRB, DAAD, DFG-Graduate School, Herzog August Bibliothek, British School at Rome, Gerda Henkel Foundation, Holcim Foundation and Bruno Kessler Foundation. He is interested in the history of historiography, religion, philology, antiquarianism and literature. In his current role he will concentrate on Reformation and Counter-Reformation Europe, especially England, Germany and Italy.

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