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20 Oct 2017: keynote speaker, Reformation 500 Conference, Christ Church Cathedral, Dublin.

19 Oct 2017: panel discussion, 'From Pillar to Post: Communicatng Religious Change', Scottish Parliament Festival of Politics, Edinburgh.

16 Oct 2017: interview with Five Books Website on 'The Best Books on the Reformation'.

Five Books

13 Oct 2017: paper at Liverpool Hope University in Reformation Lecture Series.

7 Oct 2017: talk on Martin Luther at Warwick Words History Festival.

4 Oct 2017: panel discussion (chair) at Warwick Words History FestivalThe Reformation at 500.

29 Sep 2017: talk at Wigtown Book Festival.

13 Sep 2017: article in The Tablet on England in 1517.

Tablet cartoon

20-22 Sep 2017: keynote speaker at conference on 'Northern Reformations', The Arctic University of Norway, Tromsø.

14-16 Sep 2017: keynote speaker at conference on 'The Politics of Conversion: Martin Luther to Muhammad Ali', Newberry Library, Chicago.

23-26 Aug 2017: speaker at team meeting of 'Early Modern Conversions', McGill University, Montreal.

21 Aug 2017: interview (Martin Luther and 95 Theses) on 'Bookbound', Dublin City FM.

26 July 2017: keynote speaker at annual summer school of the Society of St Gregory.

30 June 2017: Comment feature on Anglicanism and the Elizabethan Settlement in Church Times.

Church Times

29 June 2017: talk on the Reformation at Chalke Valley History Festival.

Chalke Valley

19 June 2017: podcast interview on Heretics and Believers for New Books Network. See also recent podcast interviews for The Spectator and BBC History.

30 May 2017: Talk and book-signing at Heffers Bookshop, Cambridge, on publication of my new history of the English Reformation, Heretics and Believers. Details here.


20 May 2017: keynote speaker at conference on The Faith of William Shakespeare, Shakespeare Birthplace Trust, Stratford

1 May 2017: lead article in BBC History Magazine:

BBC History Mag

25 April 2017: Invited plenary speaker at conference on 'L'Europe et la Reforme', University of Luxembourg

4 April 2017: Keynote lecture at Society for Reformation Studies Conference, University of Hull

26-28 Mar 2017: Distinguished Visiting Scholar at Centre for Reformation and Renaissance Studies, Victoria University in the University of Toronto, faculty seminar and public lecture

Luther posterCRRS seminar

22 Mar 2017: Lecture for Historical Association (Nuneaton)

8 Mar 2017: Public lecture on Martin Luther at Derby Cathedral

14 Feb 2017: Lecture at Miller Center, University of Maryland

University of Maryland

8 Feb 2017: speaker at research seminar, 'Early Modern British and Irish History', University of Cambridge

12 Jan 2017: speaker at symposium on Northern European Reformations, Ushaw College, Durham

21 Oct 2016: Speaker at workshop on Remembering the English Reformation, University of York

14 July 2016: Keynote speaker at conference on Communities and Society in Early Modern Britain and Ireland, Nottingham Trent University.

12 July 2016: Co-organiser and speaker at Literature and Faith in Early Modern England: A Symposium in Honour of Susan Brigden, Lincoln College, Oxford.

1 June 2016: Lead essay in Literary Review, available to read here


27 May 2016: invited speaker (with Archbishop of Canterbury, Archbishop of Westminster and others) at Lambeth Palace Symposium on Thomas Becket.

21-22 July, and 24-27 July 2015: keynote speaker at Politics of Conversion Workshop, Warwick, and Annual Team Meeting of Early Modern Conversions Project, Cambridge.

Politics of Conversion Workshop

1-3 July 2015: keynote speaker at conference on Early Modern Catholics in the British Isles and Europe, Ushaw College, Durham.

15-17 May 2015: keynote speaker at conference on Martin Luther and Catholic Theology, St Patrick's College, Maynooth.

2 April 2015: lead article in TLS:

TLS fron cover

24 Mar 2015: in discussion with Prof. Sir Diarmaid MacCulloch at the Oxford Literary Festival.

28 Feb 2015: essay on TV adaptation of Wolf Hall, for OUP blog:

9 Feb 2015: live interview for Dublin City FM on Oxford Illustrated History of the Reformation.

1 Feb 2015: recorded interview for Newstalk (Ireland) on Oxford Illustrated History of the Reformation.

25 Jan 2015: interview on BBC Radio Ulster about TV adaptation of Wolf Hall.

22 Jan 2015: publication of The Oxford Illustrated History of the Reformation. Interview watchable here.


10-12 Sep. 2014: Reformation Studies Colloquium, Cambridge. Joint paper with John Morgan, and Roundtable to mark retirement of Eamon Duffy.

21-23 Aug. 2014: Speaker at annual Team Meeting of Early Modern Conversions Project, Montreal.

6 July 2014: address at annual service of commemoration for St Thomas More, St Dunstan's Church, Canterbury

2-3 June 2014: speaker at workshop on Narrative Conversions, University of York.

10 April 2014: Seminar paper to History Department, NUI, Maynooth.

5 Feb. 2014: publication of German translation of The Reformation:

22 Jan. 2014: Seminar paper to Theology Department, University of Nottingham.

30 Nov. 2013: 'Tea-Time Talk' at Warwick Words Literary Festival.

25 Oct. 2013: Awarded the Sixteenth Century Studies Society's Harold Grimm Prize for best journal article on Reformation history published in 2012 ('The Naming of Protestant England').

29-31 August 2013: Inaugural Meeting of Early Modern Conversions Project, McGill University, Montreal

1 July 2013: Co-Investigator for Early Modern Conversions, a major five-year interdisciplinary project funded by SSHRC of Canada.

15 Feb. 2013: speaker at Symposium in Honour of Patrick Collinson, Trinity College, Cambridge.

1 Jan. 2013: start of appointment as co-editor (reviews) of English Historical Review.

1 Oct. 2012: start of Leverhulme Research Fellowship for 2012-13, to work on new history of the English Reformation.

13 Sep. 2012: Plenary speaker at conference 'Sister Reformations/ Schwesterreformationen', Humboldt University, Berlin

6 Sep. 2012: Plenary speaker at Reformation Studies Colloquium, University of Durham

27-8 August 2012: Conference on Practical Knowledges and Skill in Early Modern England, University of Otago, New Zealand

22 May 2012: The Marjorie Reeves Memorial Lecture, St Anne's College, Oxford

10 May 2012: Plenary Paper at conference of Reformation Research Consortium, University of Oslo

28 March 2012: The St Robert Southwell Lecture, Fordham University, New York.

20 March 2012: The Christopher Durston Memorial Lecture, Peninsula Arts Centre, Plymouth.

5 March 2012: Radio 3 panel discussion on composer William Byrd and Elizabethan Catholicism.