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Christine Peters

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Dr Christine Peters

MA DPhil Oxf

Research

I work on the gender, religious, and cultural history of the late medieval and early modern Reformations. I am especially interested in studying developments in religious ideas and gender identities in diverse cultural and political contexts.  The principal geographical focus of my research is Britain and Transylvania, both of which were exposed to Lutheran, Calvinist and Catholic reformations, and experienced witch-hunting.  Both also spawned a variety of independent, congregational, and sectarian reinterpretations of religion, of devotional practice, and of the social order. These include continental influences and movements such as Lollardy, the freewillers, and the Family of Love, and, in Transylvania, antitrinitarians.  Additionally, it involves engagement with how individuals fashioned their religious lives and influenced others in household and pulpit, and in manuscript and print.   In this, revisions of Christocentric piety, and the appropriation of mystical analogies and spiritual metaphors, were substantial late-medieval catholic legacies for the Reformation world. 

Publications

Religion, Household Authority, and the Defence of 'Collapsed Ladies' in early Jacobean England (journal article)

Jesuits, confessional identities and landlordship in God’s Transylvanian vineyard, 1580-88 (2011, chapter)

Gender and the culture of protestantism: a view from the kirk session (journal article)

The Virgin Mary and the Publican: Lutheranism and social order in Transylvania (2008, chapter)