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The Tudors - British Reformations, 1527-1603

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About the Course

In this course, Professor Alec Ryrie (Durham University) explores different aspects of the English Reformation c1527-1603 and the culture that it created. In the first module, we look at the relationship between the Reformation and the Renaissance, two large religious and cultural movements which profoundly impacted Europe during the early modern period. In the second module, we then shift focus to the English Reformation and the impact that it had upon women and children. In the third and fourth modules, we situate the English Reformation in its British context, comparing it first to the Reformation in Scotland and then to the Reformation in Ireland. Finally, in the fifth module we take a look at the impact that the Reformation had upon English political culture, in particular the role and authority of the monarch.

About the Lecturer

Professor Alec Ryrie is currently Professor in the Department of Theology and Religion at Durham University. He is a historian of Protestant Christianity. His specialism is the history of England and Scotland in the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries, but I have interests in the emergence and development of Protestant and radical beliefs, identities and spiritualities more widely in that era and beyond. His recently published book Protestants: The Radicals Who Made the Modern World gives an overview of the history of Protestantism as a whole from Luther to the present. He is also one of the co-editors of the Journal of Ecclesiastical History.