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Ideas from Across the Channel: Post-Reformation English Catholicism through the Lens of Printed Texts

Ideas from Across the Channel: Post-Reformation English Catholicism through the Lens of Printed Texts
70 Charles Street W
Time: Oct 31st, 4:15 pm End: Oct 31st, 5:30 pm
Interest Categories: Religion, Study of (FAS), Medieval Studies (FAS), History (FAS), Historical Studies (UTM), Historical and Cultural Studies (UTSC), Book History/Print Culture, 1500-1800
Talk by Elizabeth Ferguson

The Association of Renaissance Students at the University of Toronto will be hosting the first academic lecture of the 2017-2018 school year on 31 October 2017 - the 500th anniversary of Martin Luther's posting of his Ninety-Five Theses. Reformation historian Dr. Elizabeth Ferguson will be presenting her paper

Ideas from Across the Channel: Post-Reformation English Catholicism through the Lens of Printed Texts

in the Victoria University Common Room (rear entrance of Burwash Dining Hall). All are welcome! Refreshments and discussion to follow.

This paper investigates the shifts and changes to Catholicism in England in the aftermath of the Elizabethan Reformation through an examination of a cross-Channel English Catholic book trade, which produced more than 900 devotional and polemical works between 1558 and 1640. By examining a selection of both devotional and polemical texts, this talk will explore the extensive networks established in the sixteenth and (especially) the seventeenth centuries, and it will asses the cultural implication of the interactions between the different network groups involved, such as the English religious colleges on the continent, Catholic merchants, exiles, and travellers. This research will build on the emerging trend to re-evaluate the character of English Catholicism in this period, shifting away from the idea that it was largely isolated and self-contained. Analysing the English Catholic book trade in the early modern period, this paper will not only provide an exemplary account of the connectivity of early modern entrepreneurial activities, but it will also address the complex nature of English Catholicism in this period.

Dr. Elizabeth Ferguson is an Assistant Professor in the History Department at the University of Toronto. She is currently preparing a book on devotional literature and English Catholic practice c. 1570-1640, and most recently published an article on hagiographies and the cult of saints in seventeenth-century England. Dr. Ferguson's next major research project will explore the wider religio-political implications of English Catholic literature printed in the early modern period by looking at the relationship between the writer/translator, religious and polemical texts, and the system of patronage.


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