The Uses of History in Early Modern Religious Controversies

Event Date: 
02 Jun 2017


International Conference
Huntingdon Room at The King’s Manor, York YO1 7EP

Organiser: Stefan Bauer (Department of History, University of York)


9.30am Opening remarks


9.40am                 Panel 1:  Initial impact
Chair: Richard Rex (Cambridge)

Marie Barral-Baron (Besançon)
The historical argument in the debates between Lutherans and Catholics in the first half of the sixteenth century

David Bagchi (Hull)
“O Constance, be strong upon my side!” Contesting the Council in the Reformation, c. 1520-c.1550


10.40am               Tea break


11.00am               Panel 2:  Church histories
Chair: Simon Ditchfield (York)

Stefan Bauer (York)
Pontien Polman re-imagined

Harald Bollbuck (Göttingen)
Searching for the true religion: the Church History of the “Magdeburg Centuries” between critical methods and confessional polemics

Giuseppe Guazzelli (Palermo)
Isaac Casaubon’s attack on Cesare Baronio


12.30-2pm           Lunch


2pm                       Panel 3:  England, France and the Netherlands
Chair: Stefan Bauer (York)

Jean-Louis Quantin (EPHE, Paris)
The saint, the pope, and the emperor: the deposition of John Chrysostom in confessional polemics

Jan Machielsen (Cardiff)
Pope Joan on the frontlines: the unknown debate between Egbert Grim and Johannes Stalenus in the 1630s

Bethany Hume (York)
The Albigensian heresy in confessional polemic: Jacques-Benigne Bossuet’s “Histoire des variations des églises protestantes” (1688) and the response of Huguenot exiles


3.30pm                 Short break


3.40 pm                Panel 4:  Bibles
Chair: Katrin Ettenhuber (Cambridge)

Debora Shuger (UCLA)
The polemics of the paratext and the English Bible

Kevin Killeen (York)
The eye-sore of the Bible: Catholic Radicalism

Nicholas Hardy (Cambridge)
Biblical criticism and confessional controversy: the text of the Old Testament in the Reformed and Catholic traditions


5.10pm                 Coffee/tea break


5.30pm                 Roundtable: New perspectives on the history of religious polemics

Euan Cameron (Union Theological Seminary, NYC, chair), Anthony Milton (Sheffield), Richard Rex, Simon Ditchfield, Debora Shuger, Katrin Ettenhuber, Stefan Bauer


6.15pm                 Close of the conference with a drinks reception (sponsored by CREMS) followed by a meal for invited speakers.


The Patrides lecture by Euan Cameron, “World History and God’s Grand Design: the historical imagination in the Middle Ages and Reformation”, will take place on 1 June at 6pm. All are invited to this public lecture. Location: Bowland Auditorium, Berrick Saul Building, YO10 5DD.


Conference registration for guests costs £12 or £10 for students (to cover lunch and coffee breaks), spaces are limited. Guests can register via email:

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