The 2021 Lisa Jardine Lecture with Professor Lyndal Roper: Emotions and Revolution: the German Peasants’ War, 1524-6
How should historians study emotions to help them understand the past? The German Peasants' War of 1524-6 was the biggest popular uprising in Western Europe before the French Revolution. It altered the course of the Lutheran Reformation, making it far more conservative. Thousands were slain as the revolt was bloodily suppressed.
In this online lecture, part of the Lisa Jardine Memorial Lecture series, Professor Lyndal Roper will discuss the emotional patterns and theological background of this rebellion, and ask, what made people risk everything to rise up against the aristocracy?
Professor Roper is the Regius Professor of History at Oriel College, Oxford.
Lyndal Roper’s lecture is part of a series in memory of Lisa Jardine (1944-2015). Lisa made a huge contribution across a wide area as a Professor of Renaissance Studies, author, broadcaster, Chair of the Human Fertilisation and Embryology Agency and more.
More about the speaker:
Lyndal Roper studied History with Philosophy at the University of Melbourne, and from there went to study in Germany at the University of Tübingen before moving to the University of London (King's College) where she completed her doctorate. She worked at Royal Holloway, University of London and then moved to Balliol College, Oxford, where she was Fellow and Tutor in History. She is now a Fellow at Oriel College, where she is the first woman to hold the Regius Chair in History, and the first Australian. She has worked on the history of witchcraft and has recently published a biography of the German reformer Martin Luther. She is currently writing a history of the German Peasants’ War (1524-5), the greatest uprising in western Europe before the French Revolution.
Professor Roper is the Regius Professor of History at Oriel College, Oxford. She is a Fellow of the British Academy, a Fellow of the Australian Academy of the Humanities, and a Fellow of the Brandenburg Akademie der Wissenschaften. She is former Fellow of the Wissenschaftskolleg zu Berlin, a former Humboldt Fellow and an Honorary Visiting Fellow of the History Department University of Melbourne. She holds an Honorary Doctorate from the University of Melbourne.
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