Reformation Day Lecture 2013 by Prof. Roger Mason – listen here

On Thursday 31st October Professor Roger Mason gave the 2013 Reformation Day Lecture at St Andrews , speaking on the topic ‘Divided by a common faith? Protestantism and Union in 17th Century Britain’. The complete lecture is now available to listen to online below, including the welcome by Professor Andrew Pettegree from the Reformation Studies Institute at St Andrews.

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.

The lecture can also be accessed directly via Soundcloud.