About Beth Plummer
Recording Officer, Society for Reformation Research
Susan C. Karant-Nunn Chair in Reformation and Early Modern European History, Division for Late Medieval and Reformation Studies
In addition to teaching Western and World Civilization and undergraduate and graduate courses on Renaissance and Reformation Europe, I have taught a variety of seminar courses in Early Modern European Cultural and Social History, including Monasticism and Female Religious Orders, Popular Religion in Pre-modern Europe, Early Modern Printing and Propaganda, and Crime and Punishment in Medieval and Early Modern Europe.
Areas of Study
Early Modern European Cultural and Social History; Renaissance/Reformation; History of Early Modern Religion; Early Modern Gender History
Priest's Whore to Pastor's Wife: Clerical Marriage and the Process of Reform in the Early German Reformation. St. Andrews Studies in Reformation History. Farnham, UK: Ashgate Publishing, 2012). (Amazon) Awarded Gerald Strauss Book Prize 2013.
Editor (with Carina Johnson, David Luebke, and Jesse Spohnholz). Archeologies of Confession: Writing the German Reformation, 1517-2017. Spektrum, vol. 16. Oxford: Berghahn Books, 2017. https://www.berghahnbooks.com/title/JohnsonArcheologies
Editor (with Robin Barnes), Ideas and Cultural Margins in Early Modern Germany: Essays in Honor of H.C. Erik Midelfort. Aldershot, Hambleton: Ashgate Publishing, 2009.
“A View from the Choir: Forming Lutheran Culture in Pluriconfessional Westphalian Convents.” In Cultures of Lutheranism: Reformation Repertoires in the Early Modern World, Past and Present Book Series, edited by Katherine Hill (Oxford: Oxford University, 2017[expected]). In press.
“Prison Tales: The Miraculous Escape of Stephen Agricola and the Creation of Lutheran Heroes during the Sixteenth Century.” In Archeologies of Confession: Writing the German Reformation, 1517-2017, edited by Carina Johnson, David Luebke, Marjorie E. Plummer, and Jesse Spohnholz, 262-283. Oxford: Berghahn Books, 2017.
“Neither Nun nor Laywoman: Entering Lutheran Convents during the Reformation of Female Religious Communities in the Duchy of Braunschweig, 1542-1634.” In Devout Laywomen in the Early Modern World, edited by Alison Weber, 196-218. Oxford: Routledge, 2016.
“Persona non grata: Former Nuns, Property Disputes, and the Female Defence of Marriage in the German Reformation.” In Politics, Gender and Belief: The Long-Term Impact of the Reformation. Essays in Memory of Robert M. Kingdon, edited by Amy Burnett, Kathleen Comerford, and Karin Maag, 209-36. Geneva: Droz Publishing, 2014.
“‘Nothing More than Common Whores and Knaves’: Married Monks and Nuns in the Early German Reformation.” In Mixed Matches: Transgressive Unions in Germany from the Reformation to the Enlightenment, edited by David M. Luebke and Mary Lindemann, 45-62. Oxford: Berghahn Books, 2014.
“‘The Much Married Michael Kramer’: Evangelical Clergy and Bigamy in Ernestine Saxony, 1522-1542.” In Ideas and Cultural Margins in Early Modern Germany: Essays in Honor of H.C. Erik Midelfort, edited by Marjorie E. Plummer and Robin B. Barnes, 99-115. Aldershot, Hambleton: Ashgate Publishing, 2009.
“‘Partner in his Calamities’: Pastors’ Wives, Married Nuns and the Experience of Clerical Marriage in the Early German Reformation.” Gender and History 20, no. 2 (2008): 207-27.
“Clerical Marriage and Territorial Reformation in Ernestine Saxony and the Diocese of Merseburg in 1522-1524.” Archive for Reformation History 98 (2007): 45-70.
Works in Progress:
Editor with Victoria Christman (Luther College). Topographies of Tolerance and Intolerance: Responses to Religious Pluralism in Reformation Europe. Submitted to the Central European History Series (Leiden: Brill).
Editor with Joel Harrington (Vanderbilt University), Names and Naming in Early Modern Germany. Planned submission 12/2017 to Berghahn Publishers (Oxford, UK).
Building Walls and Sharing Space: Protestant Nuns, Religious Diversity, and Pluriconfessional Convents in the Holy Roman Empire, 1520-1750.
“Parish Clergy, Village Politics, and Devotional Practices in the Convent Church of Welver, 1532-1697.” Article for inclusion in Topographies of Tolerance and Intolerance: Responses to Religious Pluralism in Reformation Europe, edited by Victoria Christman and Marjorie Elizabeth Plummer. Submitted.
1996 Ph.D. in European History, University of Virginia, Charlottesville, VA Primary Fields: Early Modern Europe, Renaissance and Reformation, Social History Secondary Field: Medieval Europe Dissertation: “Reforming the Family: Marriage, Gender and the Lutheran Household in Early Modern Germany, 1500-1620” Advisor: H. C. Erik Midelfort Committee: Carlos Eire, Duane Osheim, Lawrence Goedde
1988 M.A. in European History, University of Virginia, Charlottesville, VA Master’s Thesis: “‘Vera Famiglia’: Familial Images in the Letters of Catherine of Siena” Advisor: Duane J. Osheim
1985 B.A. in History and English, University of Rochester, Rochester, NY Cum laude with Highest Distinction in History Honors Thesis: “Across the Round Table: A Vision of Kingship in the Middle Ages”