Archbishop Manners-Sutton and the Marriage Law

Nicholas Dixon is a member of the executive committee of the Ecclesiastical History Society. He has contributed to the latest three volumes of Studies in Church History. Last year, he was awarded a PhD in History by the University of Cambridge for his thesis on the activity and influence of the Church of England from…

Introducing Ken Jeffrey

Rev Dr Ken Jeffrey is a Senior Lecturer in modern Church History at the University of Aberdeen and coordinator of the Centre for Ministry Studies. It was my privilege to study at Stirling University in the late 80s and early 90s and to meet two men who have had a very significant effect upon my…

Rites of Passage in the Vita Wilfridi: Constructing Wilfrid’s Sanctity

Calum Platts is a PhD candidate in the Department of Anglo-Saxon, Norse, and Celtic at the University of Cambridge, supervised by Professor Simon Keynes and Dr Rory Naismith. Calum Platts is a PhD candidate in the Department of Anglo-Saxon, Norse, and Celtic at the University of Cambridge, supervised by Professor Simon Keynes and Dr Rory…

Two Views of Secularization

Sam Brewitt-Taylor is Darby Fellow in Modern History at Lincoln College, Oxford. His research explores moral and cultural change in 1960s Britain. His first book, Christian Radicalism in the Church of England and the Invention of the British Sixties, 1957-1970, was published by OUP in 2018, and jointly received the Ecclesiastical History Society’s 2019 Book…

The Destruction and Recovery of Monte Cassino Abbey

Kriston R. Rennie is Associate Professor in Medieval History at the University of Queensland. He specializes in the history of church councils, canon law, papal legation, and monastic exemption privileges. Monte Cassino (est. 529) is an iconic abbey – one of the most important religious, political, cultural, and intellectual centres in western Europe. Sitting 519…

The divine travels of John Cassian

Simon Cashmore is a student at Victoria University of Wellington, New Zealand. His PhD study investigates the relationship between the descriptions of ecstatic experiences in the writings of John Cassian and the texts’ broader advocacy of self-control and constraint in the pursuit of holiness.   John Cassian had a knack for travelling into trouble that…

Stephen Hatherly (1827–1905) and his Journey to Russia

Deacon Eugene Lyutko is a fellow in the Research center for the History of Theology and Theological Education at Saint Tikhon’s Orthodox University, Moscow and a PhD student in Theology at the University of Vienna. He researching modern history of Orthodox Christianity in Russia in intellectual, institutional and comparative aspects.    I was very impressed…

Introducing Revd Dr Robert Evans

The Revd Dr Robert Evans is Chaplain and Director of Studies in theology at Christ’s College, Cambridge.  As with a great many of its members, I have found the EHS a deeply welcoming academic home, ever since joining in 2016. I have found this to be especially valuable for someone whose interest spans both history…

The Complex Nature of Late-Colonial Christian Ecumenicalism

Ben Ashbridge is a PhD candidate at the University of Cambridge, who was a bursary holder for the 2019 EHS summer conference. His research explores evangelical faith mission networks during decolonization across the globe. Christian ecumenicalism as a concept invokes images of ecclesiastical concord, with denominational divisions put aside for the purpose of presenting, and indeed…

Inspiration and Institution, Durham 2019: Conference Report

Rhiannon Teather is a final year PhD student at the University of Bristol. She recently submitted her thesis, which focuses on Catholic martyrdom in global comparative context: England, Japan, Paraguay and New France, c. 1580-1650. She was awarded an EHS postgraduate bursary to present her work on missionary martyrdom accounts from japan and New France at the…