Spring 2021 - HIST 404 D100

Problems in Early Modern England (4)

Reformation London

Class Number: 5717

Delivery Method: Remote


  • Course Times + Location:

    We 2:30 PM – 5:20 PM

  • Prerequisites:

    45 units including nine units of lower division history. Recommended: HIST 315.



Examines select problems in the social, cultural, and political history of early modern England. Content may vary from offering to offering: see course outline for further information. HIST 404 may be repeated for credit only when a different topic is taught.


Authority and Community in Reformation London

I deeply regret that the University's response to the pandemic has meant that it is not possible to teach this course in person on campus. This is less a seminar than a course in which I will instruct in the reading of palaeography and assist with the writing of a superior research paper based on original research. Our subject is the changing nature of religious belief in early modern England with a particular focus on the origins, development and impact of Protestantism in the city of London during the middle decades of the sixteenth century. Each of you will write a research paper based upon a set of London parish accounts which you will have transcribed from the original manuscripts.

History 315 is the recommended stepping stone into this course. Students without some knowledge of the history of Christianity and the European Reformation should be prepared to do some additional reading. If you fall into this category, please contact me as soon as possible.

No prior knowledge of palaeography is required in order to succeed in this course.


  • Informed participation 20%
  • Palaeographical transcription 30%
  • Research Paper (4,000 words) 50%



Eamon Duffy, The Voices of Morebath: Reformation and Rebellion in an English Village (Yale University Press, 2001), pp. 1-232

Manuscript images supplied by instructor.  All other readings on Canvas.

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