Research

Memory and Material Culture in Late Medieval and Early Modern Europe — a review

In November last year Remembering the Reformation held a day-long workshop in collaboration with the Fitzwilliam Museum to explore the relationship between memory and objects. The day included handling sessions at the Fitzwilliam Museum, short papers by invited speakers, and intensive discussion. The workshop concluded with a public lecture by Prof. Andrew Morrall, of the Bard Graduate Centre. In this post Dr Karis Riley takes a look back at what was a very stimulating day.

Half-remembered: Charles, King and Martyr?

Wednesday 30th January 2019 marks the 370th anniversary of the execution of King Charles I. This event had a potent but multifaceted afterlife in the secular iconography of both Royalists and Parliamentarians. In this blog post Dr Ceri Law unpicks the layers of meaning in one of the most famous images of Charles, along with the marks left on a particular copy by later censors.

God’s Memory: why have we forgotten it?

Does God remember? Does God therefore forget? If we attribute memory to God, what difficulties are entailed for our conceptions of His omniscience and omnipotence? In the first of her case studies, Dr Karis Riley addresses some of these difficulties and offers examples of early-modern responses.

Two eighteenth-century flagons: why remember?

In the first of our 'Object of the Month' post, Ceri Law considers a pair of eighteenth-century communion flagons and asks: Why do we — and why did people in the past — remember? And why might we, and they, seek to inscribe the memories of loved ones into objects and so fix them into our physical world?