Atrocity and Religion in European Memory

Death, including violent death, is an everpresent part of human history. But only a few deaths are shocking, memorable and useful enough to become atrocities: stories that, as they are told and re-told, continue to shape the worlds of the people who remember them. 

In this series Professor Ryrie will go back to the notorious atrocities of Europe’s wars of religion: the Spanish Inquisition, Bloody Mary, the St Bartholomew’s Day Massacre, the massacres at Drogheda and Wexford. As we ask how deaths become atrocities, and what happens as a result, we will also meet at the era’s other atrocities; the forgotten victims, like the Japanese Catholics of the 17th century; the friendless victims, like the universally-persecuted Anabaptists; and the victims of the great witch-hunt, who have been recovered, but also distorted and exaggerated, by our own age’s sensibilities. An atrocity is never quite what it seems.

Future Lectures In This Series
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Everyone Expects the Spanish Inquisition: The Making of Spain’s “Black Legend”

Professor Alec Ryrie
Wednesday, 25 September 2019 - 6:00PM
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How the English Learned to Hate Catholics

Professor Alec Ryrie
Wednesday, 20 November 2019 - 6:00PM
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How to Survive a Massacre in Europe’s Wars of Religion

Professor Alec Ryrie
Wednesday, 5 February 2020 - 6:00PM
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The Japanese Martyrs

Professor Alec Ryrie
Wednesday, 11 March 2020 - 6:00PM
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Choosing Religious Atrocities in Ireland

Professor Alec Ryrie
Wednesday, 1 April 2020 - 6:00PM
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Forgotten Victims from the Age of Atrocity

Professor Alec Ryrie
Wednesday, 6 May 2020 - 6:00PM