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Institute of Medieval and Early Modern Studies

Seminar Series

Religious Diversity

IMEMS seminar series for 2017-18 will focus on religious diversity, with prestigious invited speakers across a wide range of disciplines. This very comprehensive theme will bring together scholars from across the medieval and early modern disciplinary range, whether using historical records, literature, art, architecture or artefacts. Topics considered will include interactions between Jewish, Islamic and Christian groups, the Crusader States and other religious contact zones, the Reformation, Catholic-Protestant relationships, and the development of heresies, monastic movements and sects. Each talk will be followed by a reception, offering a chance to get to know colleagues in the field of medieval and early modern studies.

Living with Revolution: English families in crisis during the 1640s

6th December 2017, 17:30, PGL Learning Centre, Palace Green, Professor John Morrill (Selwyn College, Cambridge)

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

Please note that places for this event will be allocated on a first-come, first-served basis. To book your place click here

Abstract: This lecture will argue for a neglected aspect of the civil war, the way that a range of different family issues affected political choices and political outcomes. Using a range of social examples, from working farmers and parish ministers to county gentry, and drawing its case studies mainly from East Anglia, this paper offers an opportunity to explore how gender and social change affected the course and outcome of the greatest political upheaval in post-medieval English history.

John Morrill is Emeritus Professor of British and Irish History at Cambridge, a life Fellow of Selwyn College (where he has been since
1975) and an Honorary Professor in the History Department at Durham. He is also an ordained deacon in the Roman Catholic Church. He has published 128 books and essays and supervised 127 graduate students. He is General Editor of the forthcoming 5-volume OUP edition of the recorded words of Oliver Cromwell, and a book he has edited with Robert von Friedeburg has just been published by CUP -- Monarchy Tranformed:
princes and their elites in early modern Europe (2017). He has three new essays on aspects of the aftermath of the Irish 'massacres' of 1641-2 and is writing a full-length life of Cromwell, based on the new edition.

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