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Kristi Flake

My research focuses on the Book of Homilies, the collection of official sermons published in the sixteenth century as part of the official program of religious reform in England. Throughout the early modern period, the Book of Homilies provided homiletical, doctrinal, ecclesiological, and devotional guidance for the Crown, the clergy, and the people of England. Theologians and literary scholars consider it one of the most important religious texts of the period. Historians, however, have largely neglected the Homilies. My research analyses how the Book of Homilies shaped the Church of England, English Protestant Culture, and the Protestant English state in the seventeenth century. I examine how the Crown, clergy, and laity received, interpreted, and negotiated this text as they continually defined and re-defined what it meant to be an English Protestant during this turbulent and formative period for the Church and the nation. This research is generously funded by the Wolfson Foundation and supervised by Peter Marshall, Mark Knights, and Beat K├╝min.

Research Interests

  • Early modern homiletics
  • The development of the Church of England in the 17th century
  • The development of Anglican theology and identity in the 17th century
  • The early modern parish
  • Early modern book production

Conference Presentations

  • 13 May 2022 'The Performance of the Book of Homilies in the English Parish, 1547–1720', Twenty-First Warwick Symposium on Parish Research, University of Warwick


  • MA in Theology, Fuller Theological Seminary
  • BA in History, summa cum laude, Texas Tech University