Fordham University            The Jesuit University of New York

Reformation Diplomacy: The Tudor Kings and Their Ambassadors

Thursday, 10 April 2014 | 6 P.M.
Flom Auditorium | William D. Walsh Family Library
Rose Hill Campus | Fordham University

Susan Brigden, Ph.D.
Langford Fellow | Lincoln College, Oxford
Reader in History | University of Oxford

When Henry VIII broke with Rome and became supreme head of the Church of England, he fractured the unity of Christendom. There were consequences for diplomacy. How could Catholic powers engage with heretic and schismatic princes? Would ambassadors be safe? Would diplomacy in the age of Luther differ from diplomacy in the age of Machiavelli? This lecture considers these questions.

Susan Brigden, Ph.D., is Langford Fellow at Lincoln College, Oxford, and reader in history  at the University of Oxford. She has written London and the Reformation (1989); New Worlds, Lost Worlds: The Rule of the Tudors 1485-1603 (2000); and Thomas Wyatt: The Heart’s Forest (2012), winner of the Wolfson Prize for History.

The St. Robert Southwell, S.J. Lecture Series at Fordham University is devoted to the history and theology of the Christian Church in the early modern period. It focuses on the scholarship of the Reformation and the Counter-Reformation, in Europe and the Americas, from 1500 to 1750. During the academic year, one prestigious lecture is delivered each semester.

Our lectures are FREE and OPEN TO THE PUBLIC.

Image: © National Gallery, London / Art Resource, N.Y. Jean de Dinteville in a detail from Hans Holbein the Younger’s The Ambassadors, 1533. Oil on oak, 207 x 209.5 cm.

We wish to announce the publication of the first book to come out of the St. Robert Southwell, S.J. lecture series:

Michelangelo and the English Martyrs

Michelangelo and the English Martyrs
by Anne Dillon

Contact us:

The St. Robert Southwell, S.J. Lecture Series is administered by Susan Wabuda, Associate Professor of History, (718) 817-3945,

The address for regular mail is Department of History • Fordham University • 441 East Fordham Road • Bronx New York 10458-5159

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