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Lecture and Seminar Programme

'Reformation, Politics & Rebellion' is structured in four parts:

I. Germany on the Eve of the Reformation

II. Reformation Culture

III. Social Impact

IV. Legacies


NB: Lecture capture can be accessed from the module's Moodle site



Autumn Week 1

There are no meetings for Year 2 30 CATS options, but please check this information on module structure & organization


Autumn Week 2

Lecture (Fridays 9-10 in venue to be announced): 'The political landscape of the Holy Roman Empire'

[Handout will be posted here]

Seminar week 2: Politics and Tensions

Class times Fridays, Group 1: 14-15 (venue tba); Group 2: 15-16 (venue tba)


Autumn Week 3

Lecture: 'Socio-economic and cultural life in the late Middle Ages'


Autumn Week 4

Lecture: The late medieval Church Part I: Organization, Theology & Religious Life


Autumn Week 5

Lecture: Late medieval Church, Part II: Internal & External Challenges


[Reading Week]


Autumn Week 7

Lecture: Martin Luther - a restless monk. Early Life, Theology, Challenges & Later Life

Seminar week 7: Luther - man & myth

[Shorter assignment / book review due by the deadline specified on Tabula]




Autumn Week 8

Lecture: Reformation doctrines - Ideas & Impact

Seminar week 8: Luther's message


Autumn Week 9

Lecture: Lutheran liturgy and rituals - A new religious culture


Autumn Week 10

Lecture: Disseminating Reformation ideas: Man & other media

[Title / materials for extended essay to be discussed with tutor early in the Spring Term; there should be no 'significant' overlap with exam questions / long essay topics in any module]


Spring Week 11

Lecture for week 11: Doctrinal divisions among Protestants & the Swiss Reformers

Seminar week 11: The Reformed


Spring Week 12

'Lecture' workshop for week 12: 'Reformation writing - trends and resources'

Seminar: Essay Writing skills




Spring Week 13

Lecture for week 13: Rural Reformation & the Peasants' War
! NB: Coincides with the Quincentenary !

Seminar week 13: The Peasants' War


Spring Week 14

Lecture for week 14: The Radical Reformation

Seminar week 14: The Kingdom of Münster

Spring Week 15

No regular lecture - informal essay surgery in usual Oculus venue instead

[Seminar week 15: Essay presentations & surgery - will not go ahead if industrial action persists]


[Reading Week]


Spring Week 17

Lecture for week 17: Urban Reformation

[Longer assignment / essay due by the deadline specified on Tabula]


Spring Week 18

Lecture for week 18: Gender roles


Spring week 19

Lecture for week 19: The Princes' Reformation and their Clergy




Spring week 20

Lecture for week 20: Protestants & Other Confessions - Catholics & Jews
Pilgrimage to Altötting (procession video, website) & Simon Schama on Bernini's St Teresa sculpture

Seminar week 20: Confessional identities

Summer Week 21

Lecture for week 21: Imperial Politics
Two clips from the 'Luther' movie by Eric Till (2003): Frederick the Wise and Spalatin discuss how to respond to Church pressure & the 'Here I stand' scene at the Diet of Worms 1521

Seminar week 21: Charles V - a failure?


Summer Week 22

Lecture for week 22: Long-term effects

Seminar week 22: Conclusion


[Seminar contribution self-assessment due by the deadline specified on Tabula]


Revision class: date / time / venue to be agreed


+ A 2 hour / 2 question 'take home' exam in accordance with the departmental timetable / guidelines



Model exam paper:

Recent model exam papers for this module can be found at:

Title Page of the Twelve Articles (1525)

Title page of the Twelve Articles by the Peasants of Upper Swabia (1525)
[Library of Congress]