From St. John XXIII to Papa Francesco - The Popes and Vatican II

Discern Annual Lecture 2016: From St John XXIII to Papa Francesco - The Popes and Vatican II

    • From St John XXIII to Papa Francesco - The Popes and Vatican II

      by Eamon Duffy, FBA

      Eamon Duffy, FBA, Emeritus Professor of the History of Christianity and Fellow of Magdalene College, University of Cambridge is an Irishman educated largely in England, with a doctorate at Cambridge under Owen Chadwick and Gordon Rupp. He has taught at the University of Durham, and at King's College London. He is Chairman of the editorial board of the Calendar of Papal Letters relating to Great Britain and Ireland, a multi-volume project which aims to publish all the Vatican material relating to these islands between the fourteenth and sixteenth centuries.

      Professor Duffy is a former member of the Pontifical Historical Commission, and sits on numerous editorial boards and advisory panels, including thr Fabric Commission of Westminister Abbey. He is a Fellow of the British Academy, a Fellow of the Society of Antiquaries, an Honorary Fellow of the Ecclesiastial History Society, an Honorary Professor in the Department of Theology at Durham, and holds honorary Doctorates from the University of Hull, King's College London, Durham and the Pontifical Institute for Medieval Studies in Toronto and Heythrop College, London. His research and teaching interests centre on the history of late medieval and early-mdern popular religous belief and practice, on Christian art and material culture, on the history of the English Roman Catholic community, and on the history of the papacy.

      His book The Stripping of the Altars: traditional religion in Engalns 1400-1570, (Yale 1992), which won thr 1994 Longman History Today Prize, has had a wide influence not only on the historiography of the Reformation, but also the art, architecture and literature of late medieval and early modern England. Amongst other books he published: The Voices of Morebath, Reformation and Rebellion in a Christian Village,  Faith of Our Fathers, Walking to Emmaus, Marking the Hours, English People and their Prayers 1240-1570,  Saints and Sinners.