26. April 2019 19:00
Sir Diarmaid MacCulloch
Martin Luther provoked a continent-wide Protestant Reformation by his actions in 1517, and the reaction to his stand against the Pope quickly affected even such marginal European regions as the kingdom of England. Yet the Reformation that won royal backing in England from the 1530s never went down the Lutheran path, and Lutheranism has been the only form of Protestantism not to find any native base in the British Isles. Why not? Professor Diarmaid MacCulloch explores this puzzle, which may throw some light on the puzzle of Englishness.
Sir Diarmaid MacCulloch is Professor of the History of the Church, Oxford University. His “History of Christianity: The First Three Thousand Years” won the 2010 Cundill Prize. He was knighted in 2012 for services to scholarship. His “Thomas Cromwell: A Life” appeared in 2018, and his next book is “Sex and the Church”, of which his TV series (BBC Two) in 2015 was a foretaste.