Finding its place in a reformed church: St Paul's and London's 'Long Reformation'

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Finding its place in a reformed church: St Paul's and London's 'Long Reformation'

Dr Mary Morrissey

St Paul’s Cathedral was frequently at the epicentre of turbulent events ignited by The Reformation. The shrine of St Erkenwald was plundered and waves of iconoclasm followed in which shrines and images were destroyed. Paul’s Cross, an outdoor covered pulpit from which proclamations were made and leading prelates expounded, often controversially, on theology and politics became a key platform for pro and anti-Reformation declarations.

Saturday 30 September 2017 1 - 2pm
Wren Suite, Cathedral crypt FREE tickets
Tickets are limited so early booking is recommended

Marking the 500th anniversary of what has become known as the starting point of the Reformation, The publication of Martin Luther's 95 theses, this talk will consider how St Paul's Cathedral was affected by the Reformation years and adapted to the new patterns of worship.

Dr Mary Morrissey is an Associate Professor at Reading University. Her primary research subject is Reformation literature, particularly from London. She has a particular interest in Paul's Cross, the outdoor preaching platform formerly in St Paul’s Churchyard, the most important public pulpit in 16th and 17th century England. She also retains an interest in early modern women writers, with a particular focus on women writers' use of theological arguments.

Admission is free but places are limited and must be booked in advance.