The Division for Late Medieval and Reformation Studies’ Summer Lecture Series, “Protestantism and the Anglican Church in the Seventeenth Century,” held in conjunction with St. Philip’s in the Hills Episcopal Church, will depict major events in this unstable but exciting century, one in which the Anglican Church played a major part. The lectures will explore the rise of Puritanism; Charles I and William Laud; religious issues in the English Revolution; and the religious grounds for overthrowing the monarchy in 1688.
During the political turmoil of the seventeenth century in England, the Anglican Church, under royal headship, abandoned Elizabeth's latitudinarian policies. With more Protestant convictions amply represented in England, tensions grew. They finally burst forth into a civil war that saw King Charles I beheaded before a crowd at the Palace of Whitehall. After the Interregnum, a period of governance by Calvinists, the monarchy was restored in 1660. Finally, in 1688, with the birth of a male, Catholic successor to King James II, the Protestants overthrew the monarch and invited in James's daughter Mary and her Dutch husband William of Orange.
Ute Lotz-Heumann, Heiko A. Oberman Professor of Late Medieval and Reformation History, will contextualize and comment on each of the lectures.
On Sunday, August 23, Kristen Coan, doctoral student, will present the third lecture, “‘Puritans, Hereticks, Schismaticks, Sectaries, [and] disturbers of the publike peace’: The Role of Religion in the English Civil Wars, 1642-1651.”
The series comprises four lectures presented on consecutive Sundays beginning on August 9.