Module code: HST7201
Module organiser: Professor Michael Questier
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.