Reformation Studies Reading Weekend 2013

Burn House Photo 1-6b393e7cc3Staff and postgraduate students enjoyed the Reformation Studies Institute’s annual Reading Weekend at The Burn near Edzell from 29 November to 1 December.  Attendees included PhD students, Masters students on the programmes in Reformation Studies, Early Modern History, and the History of the Book, and a group of staff and students from the University of Aberdeen.

As well as exchanging ideas and hearing seminar papers, participants also visited Brechin Cathedral, where they were given a tour about the history and fabric of the building by the Reverend Roderick Grahame, a graduate of the University of St Andrews, and Donald McGilp.  They heard how Episcopalian and Presbyterian ministers locked one another out of the church after the Revolution of 1688, they surveyed the Round Tower, and worked off some of The Burn’s excellent food by climbing the steps of the Square Tower.

Burn Reformation StudiesThe Weekend also witnessed the annual challenge of the quiz posed by the MLitt students, who seized the opportunity to expose embarrassing gaps in the knowledge of the PhDs and staff.  While managing to unscramble anagrams of famous Reformation figures, to put the street names of St Andrews in order from West to East, and showing a disturbingly high level of knowledge of Charles V’s 77 titles, such basic facts as when Calvin was made a citizen of Geneva or when Jan Hus was burned tripped up the staff.  However they did manage to win, decisively.  Very decisively.  They welcome applications from potential PhD students who can give them a better run for their money next year.

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