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School of History

REFORMATION AND COUNTER-REFORMATION IN EARLY MODERN EUROPE

In this module students will examine key themes in Reformation and Counter-reformation history. 

Module codeHST7201

Module organiser: Professor Michael Questier

Credits30

 

This module analyses emergent debates about key themes in Reformation and Counter-reformation history, both in an British context, and a wider European one. You will begin with an investigation of the extent to which the Protestant triumphalist accounts of the sixteenth-century reformation have been overthrown by revisionist readings. You will then move through a number of related topics (persecution/martyrology, toleration, obedience to authority, conformity/Nicodemism, Humanism, the relationship between Church and State). These are all topics where historians are divided as to whether the Reformation/Counter Reformation represented progress on a road towards a more tolerant and rational society, or served to repress popular beliefs and culture. 

Assessment

  • Essay (4000 words) (100%)