The Newberry Library Colloquium

Whose Gregory? The Reformation of a Pope: St. Gregory the Great in English Reform Polemic
Wednesday, February 27, 2013

4 – 5 pm

Towner Fellows’ Lounge

Ann Kuzdale, Associate Professor of History, Chicago State University

The Venerable Bede’s eighth-century account of the Roman mission of St. Augustine of Canterbury to the Anglo-Saxons in 597 in the Historia Ecclesiastica provided later readers with a narrative of the English church’s origins. For having authorized the mission, Bede dubbed Pope Gregory “our Gregory.” Until the sixteenth century, this view of Gregory, and England’s ties and loyalty to Rome, was largely unchallenged. This talk will examine the unraveling of the medieval narrative of English Church history and the view of Gregory the Great’s place in it as English Catholicism and Anglicanism evolved amid the theological and historical debates of the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries.

The Newberry Library Colloquium is a weekly gathering of Newberry staff members, fellows, scholars-in-residence, and readers on Wednesday afternoon. Refreshments are available at 3:30 pm and an informal presentation begins at 4 pm, followed by discussion. The talks are varied, but all relate to the Newberry collections in some way. Speakers may describe a current research project, highlight a particular collection, or discuss one of the Library’s many ongoing or special programs. The Colloquium is open to the public and no reservations are required.

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