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Durham University

Institute of Medieval and Early Modern Studies (IMEMS)

Solway Fellowship

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The Solway Fellowship is located in the Institute of Medieval and Early Modern Studies and University College. A generous benefaction to University makes it possible to offer this fellowship in any aspect of the history of Christianity between c.400 and c.1800.

Marco Barducci

Current Fellow(s)

Marco Barducci (PhD; FRHistS)

Assistant Professor (Research)/Solway Fellow in the History of Christianity

Institute of Medieval and Early Modern Studies/ Department of History/ University College

From Hugo Grotius to Richard Simon: the European Sources of the English Enlightenment Debates on Christian Religion (1650s – 1740s)

I am an intellectual and cultural historian specializing in the transmission and reception of political and religious books and ideas between England and continental Europe in the 17th and early 18th centuries. I have held visiting positions at the Interdisciplinary Centre for European Enlightenment Studies (Halle-Wittenberg), the Institute of Advanced Study (Durham University), the Institute for Advanced Study (Princeton NJ), the Folger Shakespeare Library, and the Fondazione Luigi Firpo. From 2004 to 2012, I taught and researched at the University of Florence. My book Hugo Grotius and the Century of Revolution, 1613-1718 (Oxford, 2017) examines the reception of Grotius’s ideas as they related to state sovereignty, colonialism, church government, and state-church relationships. I have published articles and chapters dealing with both early modern Anglo-Dutch debates on the relationships between state and church and the interactions between Christian and Jewish ecclesiological and hermeneutical traditions. I have also published on early modern debates on the relationship between war, political thought, and the stability of the state. These researches were fully developed in my book Order and Conflict. Anthony Ascham and English Political Thought, 1648-1650 (Manchester, 2015).

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Previous Fellows

+Conor O'Brien

Associate Professor (Research)/Solway Fellow in the History of Christianity

Institute of Medieval and Early Modern Studies/University College, Durham University

Isidore of Seville and Bede: From Patristic to Medieval Theology

Conor O'Brien studied English and History at University College Cork and medieval studies at Oxford, where he completed his doctorate in 2013. This became his book, Bede's Temple (2015), which won the International Society of Anglo-Saxonists Best Book Prize in 2017. Through a study of the image of the Jewish temple in Bede's exegesis (scriptural commentary), the book reconstructs the theological worldview of early medieval England's most important writer, taking in everything from the shape of the cosmos to the individual human soul. Conor's current research interests, developed while working at the universities of Cambridge and Sheffield, focus on political thought and political theology in the early Middle Ages, and in particular he studies the way in which political secularity disappeared in Western Europe between the fourth and ninth centuries.