Reformation, culture and identity in sixteenth-century England

Thursday, 7 October 2010

Date: 7 October 2010 (2.30 p.m. - 5 p.m.)

Speakers: Dr John Cooper (University of York), keynote presentation: Reformation, culture and identity in sixteenth-century England

                Dr Robert Armstrong (Trinity College Dublin)

                Dr James Murray (National Qualifications Authority of Ireland)

                Dr Tadhg Ó hAnnracháin (University College Dublin)

                Dr Clodagh Tait (University of Essex)

Venue: H204, UCD HII Seminar Room

This workshop will bring together scholars with expertise on each of Ireland’s principal religious traditions, as well as those interested in the shared cultural aspects of early modern religious practice, in order to take stock of recent developments and to reflect on possible directions for the future.  A key objective is to consider how current work on Ireland benefits from, and has contributed to the general revitalisation of the history of religion in recent years. 

Short presentations by the speakers will be followed by discussion, focusing on the broad historiographical trends.  Those interested in participating are invited to register their interest with Mark Empey ( or Kathleen Middleton (  The workshop is open to both established scholars and research students.

This event is being organised in connection with the research project ‘Protestants, print and Gaelic culture in Ireland, 1567-1722’ (PI: Dr Marc Caball), which is funded by the IRCHSS and the Department of the Taoiseach.

John Cooper is the author of Propaganda and the Tudor State: Political Culture in the Westcountry (Oxford, 2003) which explored the relationship between regional and national culture in Tudor England and the role of imagery and royal propaganda.  He is currently completing a book on the Elizabethan statesman and spymaster Sir Francis Walsingham.

Robert Armstrong is the author of Protestant war: the ‘British’ of Ireland and the wars of the three kingdoms (Manchester, 2005).  He is now working on a monograph on the emergence of Irish presbyterianism, and is a co-investigator on an IRCHSS research project entitled ‘Insular Christianity, 1500-1700’.

James Murray has published a number of articles on the religious history of sixteenth-century Ireland, as well as his recent bookEnforcing the English Reformation in Ireland: Clerical Resistance and Political Conflict in the Diocese of Dublin, 1534-1590 (Cambridge, 2009).

Tadhg Ó hAnnracháin is a co-investigator on the IRCHSS research project ‘Insular Christianity, 1500-1700’, and is the author of Catholic Reformation in Ireland: The Mission of Rinuccini, 1645-49 (Oxford, 2002).  He is working on comparative studies of the Counter-Reformation in Europe, particularly Hungary, and in Ireland.

Clodagh Tait is the author of Death, Burial and Commemoration in Ireland, 1550-1650 (Basingstoke, 2002). She is  currently preparing a book on the social and cultural history of Britain and Ireland in the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries.