Close-Reading Seminars

Close-reading seminars will by offered during the Ninth Annual RefoRC Conference on Early Modern Christianity by the plenary speakers Mark Greengrass, Angela De Benedictis, and Graeme Murdock on Wednesday May 15, 15.45-17.15 h.

Materials for preparation can be downloaded from this webpage. During the sessions no prints will be available. If you prefer prints, we kindly ask you to see to it yourself.

You do not have to register for a session.


Sala Lettura (Fscire)

Mark Greengrass (University of Sheffield), close-reading seminar on Trust and Mistrust in the French Wars of Religion


Sala Archivio (Fscire)

Angela De Benedictis (Alma Mater Studiorum Università di Bologna), close-reading seminar on Twelve Tables Laws and Decalogue for the Government of a Christian Polity: Johann Oldendorp’s Iuris Naturalis Civilis et Gentium Isagoge (1529)

Secundary literature, introduction to the seminar:

  • Berman, Harald J., Impact of the Protestant Reformations on the Western Legal Tradition, Harvard University Press, 2006, chapter 2.
  • Witte, J., (2006), Law and Protestantism: The legal teachings of the lutheran reformation. Retrieved from


Sala Seminari (Fscire)

Graeme Murdock (Trinity College, Dublin), close-reading seminar on Law and peace in Central Europe: the Transylvanian approach to
religious pluralism.

English-language reading suggestions:

  • Thomas Safley (ed.), A Companion to Multiconfessionalism in the Early Modern World (Leiden: Brill, 2011).
  • R. J. W. Evans, ‘Calvinism in East Central Europe: Hungary and her neighbours’ in Menna Prestwich (ed.), International Calvinism, 1541-1715 (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1985), pp. 167-97.
  • István Keul, Early Modern Religious Communities in East-Central Europe. Ethnic Diversity, Denominational Plurality, and Corporative Politics in the Principality of Transylvania (1526-1691) (Leiden: Brill, 2009).
  • Felicia Roşu, Elective Monarchy in Transylvania and Poland-Lithuania, 1569-1587 (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2017).
  • Ágnes Várkonyi, ‘Pro quiete regni– for the peace of the realm. The 1568 law on religious tolerance in the principality of Transylvania,’ The Hungarian Quarterly 34 (1993), pp. 99-112.
  • Mihály Balázs, ‘Tolerant country- misunderstood laws. Interpreting sixteenth  century Transylvanian legislation concerning religion,’ Hungarian Historical Review 2 (2013), pp. 85-108.
  • Márta Fata, ‘The Kingdom of Hungary and Principality of Transylvania’ in Howard Louthan, Graeme Murdock (eds), Brill Companion to the  Reformation in Central Europe (Leiden: Brill, 2015), pp. 92-120.
  • Katalin Péter (edited by Gabriella Erdélyi), Studies on the history of the reformation in Hungary and Transylvania (Göttingen: Vandenhoeck & Ruprecht, 2018).
  • Arnold Hunt, The Art of Hearing: English Preachers and their Audiences, 1590-1640 (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2010).

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