Research Interests

I defended my doctoral thesis at the University of Toronto in April 2004 under the supervision of Prof. Nicholas Terpstra, along with committee members Professors Natalie Zemon Davis, Allan Greer, and James Knox Farge. This thesis is entitled �After the Wars of Religion: Protestant-Catholic Accommodation in the French Town of Loudun, 1598-1665.�  It focuses on the potential for accommodation in the seventeenth century between Protestants and Catholics in the French provincial town of Loudun after a long period of religious conflict. This is a study that investigates the application at the local level of the Edict of Nantes, a piece of legislation that ended the French Wars of Religion and granted some degree of civil and religious privileges to the Protestant minority while ensuring the eventual ascendancy of Catholicism in this kingdom.  I work mainly with parish registers and notarial records, applying database technology extensively to analyze and dissect the data and build an overall understanding of these family networks and their behaviour.  I am currently working on turning this thesis into a published monograph.


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