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Dr Graeme Murdock

Associate Professor of Modern History

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Research Interests

My research investigates the diverse and changing character of religious life in early modern Europe.  I study the impact of the Reformation in Hungary and Transylvania and the Hungarian Reformed tradition in the early modern period. I also study the consequences of religious division in French-speaking societies and consider efforts to promote moral and social discipline in French Reformed communities

Supervision and teaching

I teach courses on European history during the early modern period at undergraduate level including ‘Europe 1500-1800: power and culture’, ‘Europe Reformed, 1540-1600’ and ‘Histories of Transylvania: Blood and Soil’, and at postgraduate level on ‘Tolerance and Intolerance in Early Modern Europe’. I supervise research projects on a variety of subjects on the religious and cultural history of early modern Europe.

Select Publications
Books and Editorial Projects

  • A Companion to the Reformation in Central Europe, (eds) Howard Louthan, Graeme Murdock (Leiden, 2015).
  • Ritual and Violence: Natalie Zemon Davis and Early Modern France, (eds) Graeme Murdock, Penny Roberts, Andrew Spicer (Oxford, 2012).
  • The Hungarian Reformation. Books from the National Széchényi Library, Hungary, (adv. ed. Graeme Murdock), (Leiden, 2009).
  • Beyond Calvin. The Intellectual, Political and Cultural World of Europe’s Reformed Churches, c. 1540-1620 (Basingstoke, 2004).
  • Confessional Identity in East-Central Europe, (eds) Maria Crăciun, Ovidiu Ghitta, Graeme Murdock (Aldershot, 2002).
  • Calvinism on the Frontier. International Calvinism and the Reformed church of Hungary and Transylvania, c. 1600-1660 (Oxford, 2000).

Journal Articles and Book Chapters

  • ‘Afterword’ in Antonín Kalous (ed.), The Transformation of Confessional Cultures in a Central European City: Olomouc, 1400-1750 (Rome, 2015).
  • ‘Hungarian Reformed Orthodoxy’ in Herman Selderhuis (ed.), A Companion to Reformed Orthodoxy (Leiden, 2013).
  • ‘The Elders’ Gaze: Women and Consistorial Discipline in Late Sixteenth-Century France’ in Amy Burnett (ed.) John Calvin, Myth and Reality. Images and Impact of Geneva’s Reformer (Eugene [OR], 2011).
  • ‘Multiconfessionalism in sixteenth-century Transylvania’ in Thomas Safley (ed.), A Companion to Multiconfessionalism in the Early Modern World (Leiden, 2011).
  •  ‘Transylvanian tolerance? Religious accommodation on the frontier of Christian Europe’ in William Phillips, Marguerite Ragnow (eds), Religious Conflict and Accommodation in the early modern world (Minneapolis [MN], 2011).
  • ‘Excommunication and moral discipline in Reformed Hungarian communities’ in Ray Mentzer, Françoise Moreil, Philippe Chareyre (eds), Dire l’interdit: Exclusion and Excommunication in Reformed Europe (Leiden, 2010).
  • ‘Responses to Habsburg persecution of Protestants in seventeenth-century Hungary’, Austrian History Yearbook 40 (2009).
  • ‘‘They are laughing at us’: Hungarian travellers and early modern European identity’ in Wendy Bracewell, Alex Drace-Francis (eds), Under Eastern Eyes. Studies in East European Travel Writing on Europe, 1550-2000 (Budapest, 2008).
  • ‘Un espace-carrefour: l’Europe centrale’ in Wolfgang Kaiser (ed.), L’Europe en conflits. Les affrontements religieux et la genèse de l’Europe moderne, vers 1500- vers 1650 (Rennes, 2008).
  • ‘Calvin, clothing and the body in Reformed Geneva’, Proceedings of the Huguenot Society 28 (2007).
  • ‘Central and Eastern Europe’ in Alec Ryrie (ed.), Palgrave guide to the Reformation (Basingstoke, 2006).
  • ‘Moderation under duress? Calvinist Irenicism in early seventeenth-century Royal Hungary’ in Luc Racaut, Alec Ryrie (eds), Between Coercion and Persuasion: moderation in the European Reformation (Aldershot, 2005).
  • ‘The use and abuse of Reformed churches: Creating space for Reformed worship in seventeenth-century Hungary’ in Andrew Spicer, Sarah Hamilton (eds), Defining the holy: Sacred Space in late medieval and early modern Europe (Aldershot, 2005).
  • ‘Dress, nudity and Calvinist culture in sixteenth-century France’ in Catherine Richardson (ed.), Clothing Culture, 1350-1650 (Aldershot, 2004).
  • ‘The Boundaries of Reformed Irenicism: Hungary and Transylvania’ in Howard Louthan, Randall Zachman (eds), From Conciliarism to Confessional Church, 1400-1618 (South Bend [IN], 2004).
  • ‘Did Calvinists have a guilt complex? Reformed religion, conscience, and regulation in early modern Europe’ in Studies in Church History. Volume 40 (2004).
  • ‘'Freely elected in fear': Princely elections and political power in early seventeenth-century Transylvania’, Journal of Early Modern History 7 (2003).
  • ‘Dressed to Repress? : Protestant clergy dress and the regulation of morality in early modern Europe’, Fashion Theory. The Journal of Dress, Body and Culture 2 (2000).
  • ‘Magyar Judah: Constructing a new Canaan in eastern Europe’ in Studies in Church History Volume 36 (2000).
  • ‘The Reformation in Eastern Europe’ in Andrew Pettegree (ed.), The Reformation World (London: Routledge, 2000).
  • ‘Death, Prophecy and Judgement in Transylvania’ in Bruce Gordon, Peter Marshall (eds), The Place of the Dead in European Society, 1400-1700 (Cambridge, 2000).
  • ‘The Importance of Being Josiah: An Image of Calvinist Identity’, Sixteenth Century Journal 29 (1998).
  • ‘Church-building and discipline in early seventeenth-century Hungary and Transylvania’ in Karin Maag (ed.), The Reformation in Eastern and Central Europe (Aldershot, 1997).

Research Profile