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.

In addition to preparing his thesis for publication as a monograph, I am currently pursuing several research projects. First, I am preparing and analyzing data for an article on attitudes among Loudun’s Catholic population towards important elements in their religious life, specifically the sacrament of baptism. Second, I am working on a number of smaller articles on Loudun’s consistorial register, an extraordinarily rich, 600-page document that provides unique insight into the life of this Reformed Protestant community.

Beyond these projects, I plan to finish a prosopographic study of one hundred widows from Loudun, examining the potential for independent female agency among them. As well, I have laid the groundwork for projects beyond Loudun, and in particular a study that would combine social history and anthropology by investigating Catholic and Protestant religious processions in early modern France.

last updated: August 15, 2006

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