Performance, Publicity and Polemic: The Politics of Exorcism in Post-Reformation England


Fri, 10/30/2015 - 03:00

Please join us for a guest lecture by Peter Lake, University Distinguished Professor of History, Professor of the History of Christianity, and Martha Rivers Ingram Chair of History at Vanderbilt Universityon
Friday, October 30, 3:00 PM
Louise Foucar Marshall Building, Room 340

The lecture will address exorcism as a site for the performance of the spiritual power and truth claims of various rival religious styles, and the different media used to project that power to a series of wider audiences.

Professor Lake's scholarly work focuses on post-Reformation English history, principally the Elizabethan and early Stuart periods.  He is the author or co-author of five books, The Trials of Margaret Clitherow: Persecution, Martyrdom and the Politics of Sanctity in Elizabethan England (London and New York, 2011); The Antichrist’s Lewd Hat: Protestants, Papists and Players in Post-Reformation England (New Haven, 2002); The Boxmaker’s Revenge: ‘Orthodoxy’, ‘Heterodoxy’ and the Politics of the Parish in Early Stuart London (Redwood City, 2001); Anglicans and Puritans?: Presbyterianism and English Conformist Thought from Whitgift to Hooker (London, 1988); and Moderate Puritans and the Elizabethan Church (Cambridge, 1982).  He is also the co-editor of six collections of essays.  Professor Lake’s current research explores Shakespeare’s history plays and the religious and dynastic politics of the 1590s; Catholic critiques of the Elizabethan regime as a tyranny and a conspiracy of evil counsel; as well as Samuel Clarke’s collections of godly lives.

Department of History
Department of English
Department of Religious Studies
Institute for the Study of Religion and Culture (ISRC)
Religion, Secularism, and Political Belonging (RELSEC)

Group for Early Modern Studies (GEMS)
University of Arizona Medieval, Renaissance, and Reformation Committee (UAMARRC)

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