Prof. Roger Mason to deliver the Reformation Day Lecture 2013
October 28, 2013 Leave a comment
Prof. Mason will deliver a lecture on the topic ‘Divided by a common faith? Protestantism and Union in 17th century Britain’.
The union of the Scottish and English crowns in 1603 was greeted by many as a singular example of God’s providence, the final creation of a united and emphatically Protestant British kingdom with a unique role to play in the on-going struggle with the antichristian church of Rome. Both then and subsequently, moreover, Protestantism and Britishness reinforced each other, a common religious faith uniting Scots and English as a single island people surrounded by a common Catholic foe. Yet Britishness and Protestantism were hardly straightforward or uncontested concepts. In fact, 17th century Britain was riven with religious conflicts in which Protestants were pitted against Protestants just as Britons were pitted against Britons. This lecture explores some of the ramifications of these religious conflicts, using the concept of multiple monarchy as a framework for discussing issues of religious uniformity and pluralism as well as the continuing potency of Protestantism as the bedrock of British unionism.
Roger Mason is the current President of the Scottish History Society. He has published widely on late medieval and early modern Scottish history and regularly contributes to current debates about Scottish independence and British identity.
The Reformation Day Lecture will be followed by a wine reception.