On Friday 20th October and Saturday 21 October 2017 the Church of Ireland Historical Society, together with our friends in the Catholic Historical Society of Ireland, co-hosted a two day conference marking the 500th anniversary of the Reformation.
The event was held in Christ Church Cathedral and St Patrick’s College Drumcondra (Dublin City University) and was free to members of the public. We were delighted with the demand for tickets, booking out as it did at 320 delegates. This has given us renewed optimism that there is considerable interest in late medieval and early modern Irish and European religious history: aspects that both societies actively promote in their respective bi-annual conferences.
Papers were delivered by some of the leading historians in the field across the UK and Ireland. They included topics such as Martin Luther; the impact of the Reformation in England, Ireland, Scotland and continental Europe; the Catholic activism and reform in Counter-Reformation Ireland and Europe; and language and writing the Reformations. There was also an important discussion on how the Reformation should be remembered in modern times. Details of the papers and access to all ten podcasts are provided below.
COIHS and CHSI wish to acknowledge the generosity of our sponsors. Without their financial support it would not have been possible to organise such a highly successful conference or make podcasts freely available. We also wish to thank Real Smart Media for the quality of the recordings. The conference programme can be seen below or you can download it by visiting our archive page.
*COIHS hosts two conferences a year which afford members of the public to hear presentations relating to the history of the Church of Ireland across all periods. We also offer a prize for postgraduate students to encourage further research in this field. Anyone is welcome to join the society (which includes access to conference podcasts or discounts on our books). Alternatively you can attend any of our conferences on the day for a very small fee to cover conference expenses. Please feel free to browse our website for regular blogs and news items that may be of interest. You can also follow us on twitter: @COIHS_
Hear the podcasts by clicking on the following link: