17 March 2009
Venue: Skeel Lecture Theatre, People's Palace
Michael Questier, Professor in History, Inaugural Lecture"The Cause of this Sudden Execution€?: Treason, Politics and Religion in Post-Reformation EnglandHistorians of post-Reformation England have traditionally depicted the Elizabethan and early Stuart regimes as fundamentally tolerant. The contemporary accounts of those Catholics who became victims of the new treason statutes of this period have therefore been difficult to assimilate into mainstream historical narratives. By looking again at the records of treason prosecutions of Catholics during the reigns of Elizabeth I and James I it is possible, or so this lecture will claim, to work towards a radically different version of politico-religious conflict in England during the later sixteenth and early seventeenth centuries.