Prof. Penny Roberts
Sample Lecture – The French Wars of Religion, 1562-98
Penny Roberts is Professor in History and Director of the Centre for Arts Doctoral Research Excellence (CADRE) at the University of Warwick. Her principal area of interest is the social, religious, cultural and political history of sixteenth-century France, especially its wars of religion (c.1562-1598). Having begun with a study of the impact of the wars in the town of Troyes, her research has broadened to include the whole of urban France, covering such diverse topics as petitioning, fires, popular revolts, and the conflicts arising over the siting of Reformed worship and burial. Her most recent book focuses on the attempts to establish some kind of 'peace process' during the wars and the impact of this on confessional relations and royal authority. Her new research project explores the clandestine world of Huguenot correspondence, espionage and information-gathering.
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