Religion and Society in Early Modern Europe (UWE, 26-27 June)

Religion and Society in Early Modern Europe

A Conference in Memory of Dr. Trevor Johnson

Friday 26 and Saturday 27 June 2009

The St Matthias Campus, University of the West of England, Bristol.

Dr Trevor Johnson was a much loved colleague and friend, and an internationally-respected scholar of early modern European history who sadly died suddenly in 2007. To celebrate his life and academic achievements this two-day conference will be hosted by colleagues at the University of the West of England, Bristol.

The conference theme reflects Trevor’s impressively broad range of teaching and research interests, including aspects of the religious, social, cultural, and military history of early modern Europe. The conference also reflects the scope of Trevor’s knowledge and work, which covered much of Western Europe and focused in particular on Germany and Spain.

Further information on Trevor’s academic career can be found here.

Speakers include: Simon Ditchfield, Sarah Hamilton, Beät Kumin, Peter Marshall, Judith Pollman, Andrew Spicer, and Peter Wilson.

Conference fee (including refreshments and conference dinner on Fri. 26 June, and refreshments and lunch on Sat. 27): £20.

Postgraduate students and UWE students are invited to attend free of charge.

Delegates are invited to make their own transport and accommodation arrangements although a special discounted rate has been arranged with a nearby hotel (further information provided on the registration form).

Venue: St Matthias Campus, University of the West of England, Bristol, BS16 2JP

Please contact Peter Fleming or James Lee  for more details.



1.00 Reception and Registration

2.00 Opening Remarks

2.15-5.00 Session One: War and Faith in Continental Europe

Beat Kümin The pre-modern parish: state of research and comparative perspectives

Judith Pollmann A new covenant: marshalling the sacred in the Southern Netherlands, 1585-1621

Elizabeth Tingle Purgatory at the ends of the earth: popular beliefs about the afterlife in counter-reformation Brittany

Peter Wilson Who won the Thirty Years War?

5.00-5.30 Tea

5.30-7.00 Session Two: Religion in England I

Lucy Kostyanovsky Sermons and images: the fragmentation of worship in Reformation England’.

Gary Evans Chaplains, clergyman and soldiers: religion and the culture of the British military 1660-1783

8.00 Dinner



9.30-11.00: Session Three: Religion in England II

Sarah Hamilton A medieval Reformation? The delivery of pastoral care in England in the central Middle Ages’

Peter Marshall When did Protestants become Protestants? Conflict and confessional labels in sixteenth-century England’

11.00-11.30 Coffee

11.30-1.00 Session Four: Piety and Place

Simon Ditchfield Thinking with Jerusalem: place and the making of the first world religion

Andrew Spicer Notre Dame des Miracles, Joan of Arc and parochial piety during the French Wars of Religion

1.00 Lunch

Conference ends

All sessions take place in the Lady Chapel/Chapel Lecture Theatre, St Matthias Campus, Oldbury Court Road, Bristol BS16


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