UCD Humanities Institute Master Class on Communicating Protestantism

Friday, 16 April 2010

Communicating Protestantism in Ireland, England and Europe, c. 1560-1720

Speakers: Professor Peter Marshall (University of Warwick) and Professor John Coffey (University of Leicester)

Date: Friday, 16 April 2010

Time: 10.30 am - 12.30 pm

Venue: Room H204, UCD HII Seminar Room

Professor Marshall will discuss the problems of communicating Protestantism in later Reformation England. He will suggest that alongside the formal evangelising media of catechisms, preaching, and godly writing there is a need to pay attention to more implicit and gradualist forms of ‘Protestant’ identity-formation, through exposure to the liturgy of the Prayer Book and the Homilies, and through participation in popular anti-Catholic festivity. He will also discuss how historians have used the evidence of ‘cheap print’ to chart the formation of a Protestant mind-set, and some of the pitfalls of this and other approaches.

Professor Coffey will analyse four major communicative challenges faced by the religious leaders of English-speaking Protestantism after 1640: what were the consequences of a deeply divided clergy? How did the godly clergy evangelise peoples ‘beyond the pale’ of Protestant culture? How did they face the new threat from anti-Trinitarianism and Deism? And how did these religious leaders instil a lively faith in an Anglophone population that was often only nominally Protestant?

Peter Marshall is Professor of History at the University of Warwick, where he has taught since 1994. He has published on numerous aspects of the cultural and religious history of early modern England, particularly the impact of the Reformation. His books includeBeliefs and the Dead in Reformation England (2002); Religious Identities in Henry VIII's England (2006); Mother Leakey and the Bishop: A Ghost Story (2007); and The Reformation: A Very Short Introduction (2009)     

John Coffey is Professor of Early Modern History at the University of Leicester, where he has taught since 1999. He works on religion, politics and ideas in early modern Britain and America. He has published intellectual biographies of the Scottish Covenanter Samuel Rutherford and the English Independent John Goodwin, and is the author of Persecution and toleration in Protestant England, 1588-1689(2000). He has recently co-edited The Cambridge companion to Puritanism (2008) and Seeing things their way: Intellectual history and the return of religion (2009).

Applications to attend this class are invited from early stage researchers (masters and doctoral students) and interested academics attached to higher education institutions in Ireland. As numbers are limited, prospective participants are encouraged to register their interest via email with postdoctoral fellow Mark Empey.