Modern Europe meets Reform

University of Leeds, Room 1.08 Parkinson Building
Woodhouse Lane – Leeds
Date / time  12 April – 13 April

2:00 pm – 5:00 pm

‘Modern Europe meets Reform’ is a workshop that aims to investigate the development of historical writing about the medieval church across the period from the Reformation to the twentieth century. We hope this will bring together medievalists and modernists and create new areas for debate. Confirmed speakers include: Stefan Bauer (York), Joshua Bennett (Oxford), Julian Fuehrer (Zurich), Daniel-Odon Hurel (CNRS Paris), Stephen Taylor (Durham) and Nicholas Vincent (UEA).

I (Stefan Bauer) will speak about “Onofrio Panvinio’s view of Gregory VII in his history of papal elections (1558-1563)”.

Modern Europe meets Reform’ is part of a larger international project entitled ‘Rethinking Reform 900-1150: Conceptualising Change in Medieval Religious Institutions’, funded by the Leverhulme Trust. It brings together scholars from across Europe to focus on how changes in medieval churches were understood and explained in their own day and on how they have been reinterpreted in post-Reformation and especially post-Napoleonic historical writing.

The project is co-ordinated by the University of Leeds (UK), with partners from UEA, Paris VIII, Mainz, KU Leuven, Durham and Ghent. Over the years 2016-19 the project will run four workshops and a final conference to allow discussion of various aspects of the main theme. Workshops in January and September 2017, held respectively at York and KU Leuven, gave groups of scholars the chance to reflect on the choice of vocabulary used to define change between the early middle ages and the twelfth century and also the ways in which medieval institutions and individuals created narratives of change.

The fourth workshop will be held at the University of Mainz in September 2018 and a final conference will be held at Ghent University April 2019. Please contact Dr Ceri Pitches ( for further details.

Download the conference programme here: MEmR (Leeds) Programme


Thursday 12 April 2018

1.30pm – 2.15pm Registration in the Grant Room, Michael Sadler Building (with tea/coffee and cake)

2.15pm – 2.30pm Welcome and Introduction: Julia Barrow, University of Leeds

2.30pm – 3.00pm Paper 1: Stefan Bauer, University of York: Onofrio Panvinio’s view of Gregory VII in his history of papal elections (1558- 1563)

3.00pm – 3.30pm Paper 2: Gianmarco Giuliani, SNS Pisa/EPHE Paris: Reformatio or Restauratio? Cardinal Baronius and the rehabilitation of Gregory VII’s status in the XI volume of the Annales Ecclesiastici

3.30pm – 4.00pm Discussion of Papers 1 & 2

Treasures of the Brotherton

4.00pm – 5.30pm Special exhibition of books from Brotherton Special Collections – with panel members available for interpretation & discussion

Friday 13 April 2018

9.30am – 10.00am Arrival & tea/coffee (Grant Room, Michael Sadler Building)

Parkinson 1.08

10.00am – 10.30am Paper 3: Joshua Bennett, Christ Church, University of Oxford: Henry Hart Milman and the liberal Anglican discovery of medieval church reform

10.30am – 11.00am Paper 4: Stephen Taylor, Durham University: Post-Reformation views of religious reform in England c.900-1150: Thomas Fuller and Jeremy Collier

11.00am – 11.30am Discussion of Papers 3 & 4

11.30am – 12.00 Tea/coffee & biscuits (Grant Room, Michael Sadler Building)

12.00pm – 12.30pm Paper 5: Nicholas Vincent, University of East Anglia: Reform or restoration? Hallam and Stubbs on Church and State

12.30pm – 12.45pm Discussion of Paper 5

12.45pm – 2.00pm Lunch (Grant Room, Michael Sadler Building)

The exhibition in Treasures of the Brotherton will be open during lunch for those wishing to visit

2.00pm – 2.30pm Paper 6: Kathleen Cushing, University of Keele: Law and Reform: Burchard of Worms and His Readers

2.30pm – 2.45pm Discussion of Paper 6

2.45pm – 3.15pm Summing up: Sarah Hamilton, University of Exeter

3.15pm – 4.00pm Roundtable discussion and questions

Workshop ends