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Robert Gorvin

PhD Student


Between 2006 and 2010 I studied for a BA in History at Trinity. In 2011 I read for the M.Phil in Early Modern History at Trinity. In October 2012 I began my PhD under the supervision of Graeme Murdock with funding from the Irish Research Council.


'Huguenot Exiles and Identities in Britain and Ireland c.1640-1680'
My thesis looks at elements of Huguenot migration and identity in Britain and Ireland in the middle decades of the seventeenth century. Many Reformed Protestants left France for Britain and Ireland before the massive wave of emigration following the revocation of the Edict of Nantes in 1685. Amongst the craftsmen and nobles, usually given most attention when looking at this period, some French Protestants chose to live their lives in England and Ireland as members of the Anglican communion. In apparent contradiction to the presbyterian structure of the Reformed churches in France these churchmen took positions within the episcopal Church of England. Peter Du Moulin, Meric Casaubon, Jean Durel and others became vehement defenders of Anglican episcopacy and the English monarchy. My research looks at the English and French influences upon the political and ecclesiastical positions these men and others took, and also the extent to which they identified themselves as French or English. My research tests what is meant by the concepts of immigrant identity and assimilation in the early modern period.

My other interests include areas of religious, social and intellectual history of the Atlantic Isles and Reformed Europe.

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