Thanks and a review

The organisers would like to thank the participants for an enjoyable and stimulating conference. Dr Stefan Bauer (University of York) has kindly written a review of the conference, which can be found on his blog at:





The early thinkers and historians of the church have exercised a perennial influence on Christian thought, but the period between 1470 and 1650 was especially remarkable in this respect. In these years, forgotten texts of ancient Christian authors were rediscovered in monastic and cathedral libraries, disseminated to a broad audience through the newly-invented medium of print, and critically studied to answer questions of Church history and doctrine which had been made pressing by the Renaissance and Reformation. The result was nothing less than a complete revolution of the early modern sense of the ancient Christian past, and so too of early modern Christian identity.

This one-day workshop aims to gather scholars from different nationalities and disciplines to present the latest research into early modern patristic scholarship.