|1 Jul 2002 - 2 Jul 2002
Sunday, 30th June – Tuesday, 2nd July 2002
Queens' College, Cambridge
Conference sponsored by CRASSH (University of Cambridge)
Moments of great historical and cultural change in literate societies are always accompanied by the isolation of exemplary figures whose deaths bear the marks of that change. In medieval and early modern Britain, this is most spectacularly true of the Protestant Reformation, and of its Lollard precedent, but other medieval writers (both hagiographers and political writers) are equally conscious of decisive historical transitions, each one of which produces painful, exemplary and memorialized deaths. These martyrdoms, and their representation, will be the topic of this conference. The dates chosen mark, respectively, the first English statute for the burning of heretics, and the second edition of John Foxe's Actes and Monuments.
Professor James Simpson (Girton College, Cambridge)