Wednesday, January 21, 2009

Seminars in Early Modern Preaching: Regional and Parochial Preaching

3 April 2009
Constance Naden Room (103)
Department of English
University of Birmingham

09.30-10.00 Registration and Welcome

10.00-11.00 Panel 1: Politics: centre & periphery
Chair: Dr Hugh Adlington (University of Birmingham)

The Political Pulpit: ‘Scandalous’ Ministers and the Royalist Message
during the English Civil Wars
Dr Lloyd Bowen (Cardiff University)

Commemorating the 6th of August: The Jesus Day Assize Sermons in
Exeter Cathedral
Prof Jackie Eales (Canterbury Christ Church University)

11.15-11.45 Coffee/Tea

11.45-13.00 Panel 2: Ecclesiastical politics
Chair: Dr Mary Morrissey (University of Reading)

‘The Improvement of the Clergy’: The Work of Archdeacon Thomas
Sharp of Northumberland, 1723-57
Prof William Gibson (Oxford Brookes University)

Dead Men’s Quarrels: Martin Fynch’s Funeral Sermon for John
Collinges and the Grantham Dispute
Dr Penny Pritchard (University of Hertfordshire)

13.00-14.00 Lunch

14.00-15.15 Panel 3: Theory and practice
Chair: Dr Gillian Wright (University of Birmingham)

Parochial and Regional Preaching in the Banbury Area: The Case of
Robert Harris
Dr Mary Ann Lund (Mansfield College, Oxford)

Richard Bernard’s Ruths Recompence: A Theory of Preaching Applied
Arlene McAlister (University of Edinburgh)

15.15-15.45 Coffee/Tea

15.45-17.30 Panel 4: Preaching & accommodation: gender, rhetoric, piety
Chair: TBA

‘The office of a man and wife’ in Donne’s marriage sermons
Dr Erica Longfellow (Kingston University)

Parochial and Elite: the sermons of Nicholas Oldisworth considered
Richard Webster (Lincoln College, Oxford)

Practising Piety from the Pulpit: Local Preaching in 1611
Professor Helen Wilcox (Bangor University)

A registration fee of £10 includes colloquium fee, morning coffee, lunch, and afternoon tea. Please book by Friday 27 March. For details of registration, travel and further information, please email Dr Hugh Adlington ( or Dr Mary Morrissey (

The venue address is:

Constance Naden Room (103)
First Floor, Arts Building
Department of English
University of Birmingham
Birmingham B15 2TT, UK


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