Remembering the Reformation
Free Public Lecture
Kathleen Fitzpatrick Theatre
This richly illustrated lecture by Professor Alexandra Walsham will explore how the Reformation, in England and Europe, was remembered, forgotten, contested and reinvented between 1530 and 1700. It will consider the connections between religion and memory in the late Middle Ages and show that the Reformation entailed a concerted attempt to cast the medieval Christian past into oblivion. It will also trace the development of a new Protestant culture of remembrance, investigate the ongoing controversies that the Reformation provoked in the later 16th and 17th centuries, and draw attention to the enduring legacies that these processes have left in more recent centuries and in contemporary social memory.
Professor Alexandra Walsham, Professor of Modern History
Professor Alexandra Walsham
Professor of Modern History
Alexandra Walsham is Professor of Modern History at the University of Cambridge and a Fellow of Trinity College. A graduate of the Universities of Melbourne and Cambridge, she taught at the University of Exeter for many years before taking up her present post. Her work centres on the religious and cultural history of early modern Britain. Her many publications include The Reformation of the Landscape: Religion, Identity and Memory in Early Modern Britain and Ireland (OUP, 2011), which won the Wolfson Prize for History. She is currently completing a monograph entitled The Reformation of the Generations: Age, Ancestry and Memory in Early Modern England, based on the Ford Lectures she delivered at the University of Oxford in 2018. Her research on this topic was supported by a Leverhulme Major Research Fellowship held between 2015 and 2018. She is also the Principal Investigator of the UK Arts and Humanities Research Council funded project ‘Remembering the Reformation’. Photo image: Alexandra Walsham © J[ohn] S[hurley], Ecclesiastical history epitomiz’d (London: W. Thackeray, 1682), title page to part II. Cambridge University Library: VIII.31.63