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Qualifications

BA (Hons), History, University of Leeds
MA, Reformation and Early Modern Studies, University of Birmingham
Ph.D, History, University of Birmingham
Fellowship, Higher Education Academy

About

I completed my PhD at the University of Birmingham in 2018. My work explores the development of early modern sacramental education with a particular focus on the Holy Roman Empire in the sixteenth century. I am currently working on a monograph entitled ‘The invisible grace of God’: Sacramental Education in Reformation Germany, 1525-1610’ as well as pieces on confessional identity formation more broadly across early-modern Germany.

Experience

Since 2013, I have held various teaching positions at the Universities of Birmingham, Cardiff, Bristol and Gloucestershire.

I am module leader for the following:

Science, Magic and Learning in Early Modern Europe
The Tudor Myth, 1485-Present

Publications

Journal Articles

‘Peter Canisius and the Development of Catholic Education in Germany, 1549–97’, Studies in Church History, 55 (2019), 145-160.

Book Chapters

‘Visual Pedagogy: The Use of Woodcuts in Early Modern Lutheran and Catholic Catechisms’, in Rembrandt Duits (ed.), The Art of the Poor in the Late Middle Ages and Renaissance (I.B. Tauris, forthcoming in 2020).

‘Protestant Funeral Sermons in the Holy Roman Empire c. 1525-1700’, in E.C. Tingle and P. Booth (eds.), Brill Companion to Death, Burial and Remembrance in Late Medieval and Early Modern Europe 1300-1700 (forthcoming in 2020).

‘The Pursuit of Power: Death, Dying and the Quest for Social Control in the Palatinate, 1547-1610’, in E.C. Tingle and J. Willis (eds.), Dying, Death, Burial and Commemoration in Reformation Europe, (Ashgate, 2015), pp. 25-48.

Memberships

Ecclesiastical History Society: Committee Member (2019-Present)
European Reformation Research Group: Treasurer (2017-Present)
Society for Reformation Studies (2013-present)

Twitter

@DrRuthAtherton

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