The Early Modern Catholicism Network organises occasional one-day workshops based on key research themes.

Our next workshop will be held on 7 Feb 2015.


Anti-popery image

Sat 7th Feb 2015   —   9.30am – 5pm

Radcliffe Humanities Building, Oxford

KEYNOTE LECTURE:     Prof. Alison Shell (UCL),    Popery, Personification and Satire

Registration for the day is free, although there is a £5 charge for lunch. To register, please email:   Registration closes on Monday 26 January.

Speakers include:  Nina Lamal, Jan Machielsen, Adam Morton, Paul Quinn, Sophie Nicholls, Christian Schneider, Abigail Shinn & Emma Turnbull

Hosted by The Oxford Research Centre for the Humanities, Radcliffe Humanities Building, Woodstock Road. For directions to the Centre, click here.


martyrdom workshop

Sat 2nd March 2013

9.30am – 4.30pm


Key speaker: Prof. Brad Gregory (University of Notre Dame)

An informal one-day workshop exploring experiences of martyrdom within various Christian confessions during the early modern period, and how accounts of such deaths were presented and received. Martyrs were identified by Catholics, Protestants and Anabaptists in many different lands, whilst pamplets, letters, songs, images, objects and a lively oral tradition ensured that news of their deaths could spread far and wide. Over the course of the day presentations will throw spotlights on Foxe and Crespin, the Jesuits of New France, Anabaptist martyrs, and Michael Servetus with the aim of exploring how Christians from different confessional backgrounds responded to violent death, interpreted death as (true) martyrdom, and portrayed these events to a wider audience. There will be plenty of opportunity for questions and discussion.

Speakers include: Katherine Hill (Oxford University); Fiona Kao (Cambridge University); Michael Knox (Oxford University); James Matarazzo (Oxford University); Susan Royal (Durham University); Jameson Tucker (Plymouth University); David van der Linden (Erasmus University).

Hosted by The Oxford Research Centre for the Humanities, Radcliffe Humanities Building, Woodstock Road. For directions to the Centre, click here.

Attendance (including lunch) is free but space is limited, so please register for the event by emailing Clare Copeland at   Registration closes Tuesday 26 February.





10.00 – 11.05

Brad Gregory (Notre Dame) – Early Modern Christian Martyrdom: Questions and Contexts

Coffee break

11.15 – 13.00

Susan Royal (Durham)  –  Die Another Day: John Foxe and the Problem of Lollard Abjurations

Fiona Kao (Cambridge)  –  Reading Medieval Virgin Saints’ Legends in John Foxe’s Book of Martyrs

Michael Knox (Oxford)  –  Reading the Rhetoric of Early Modern Martyrological Accounts: The French Connection


13.45 – 15.00

Kat Hill (Oxford)  –  Anabaptist Martyrs and a Lutheran Martyrologist: A Cross-Confessional Tale in Ludwig Rabus’ Historien

James Matarazzo (Oxford)  –  Martyr of Conscience: Contemporary Reactions to the Execution of the Spanish Anti-Trinitarian Michael Servetus in Calvin’s Geneva 

Coffee break

15.15 – 16.30

David van der Linden (Erasmus)  –  Martyred Memory in the Huguenot Refuge: Pierre Jurieu’s Lettres Pastorales

Jameson Tucker (Plymouth)  –  Jean Crespin and the Writing of Protestant History

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