Cambridge historian Eamon Duffy to deliver Bainton Lecture at Divinity School
Eamon Duffy, professor of the history of Christianity at the University of Cambridge, will deliver the 2009-10 Roland Bainton Lecture at Yale Divinity School on September 15, on the topic “The Cardinal and the Archbishop: Reginald Pole, Thomas Cranmer, and the English Reformation.” The lecture, free and open to the public, will begin at 5:30 p.m. in H. Richard Niebuhr Hall, 409 Prospect St., New Haven. At a reception following the lecture, copies of Duffy’s latest book—Fires of Faith: Catholic England Under Mary Tudor, published by Yale University Press—will be available for sale and signing by the author.
Duffy is the author of many prize-winning books, including The Stripping of the Altars, Saints and Sinners, The Voices of Morebath, and Marking the Hours, all published by Yale University Press. Duffy’s interests center on popular religious belief and practice in the late-medieval and early-modern period, on Christian art and material culture, and on the history of the papacy. He is a frequent broadcaster on radio and television.
In his Bainton Lecture, Duffy will explore the relationship and conflicting beliefs of Thomas Cranmer and Cardinal Reginald Pole, who succeeded Cranmer as archbishop of Canterbury in the Catholic Queen Mary’s reign. In Duffy’s view, Cranmer and Pole embody diametrically opposed understandings of the English Reformation: For Cranmer, the Royal Supremacy was the key to authentic religious reform, and Henry VIII and Edward VI divinely appointed instruments for the restoration of the Gospel to England. For Pole, Henry VIII and his son had usurped the supremacy of the successors of St. Peter and lead tens of thousands to damnation.
The lecture will be webcast live, and then archived, on the Yale Divinity School web site at http://www.yale.edu/divinity/video/index.shtml.