Five hundred years ago, in October 1517, Martin Luther set in train at Wittenberg events that included England’s first major break from Europe when Henry VIII became Supreme Head of the English church.
Hull was influential in establishing Protestantism in this country, and so it is important that the 2017 UK City of Culture commemorate the Reformation in this year’s programme.
As part of that commemoration Hull Minster is proud to announce a Public Lecture, by Alec Ryrie, Professor of the History of Christianity at Durham University. A leading authority on the Reformation, Professor Ryrie will be speaking during October at Westminster Abbey, St Andrews, and various other places, and we are very fortunate to have secured his services. He will speak to us on ‘Obedience or Liberty? Why the Reformation still matters politically after 500 years’.
Hull Minster, Monday, 23 October. 7.30 p.m.
The lecture is sponsored by the University of Hull.
Professor Alec Ryrie- Alec Ryrie was born in London and grew up in Washington DC. He graduated from Cambridge University with a double First in History and received a doctorate in Theology from Oxford University. He is Professor of the History of Christianity at Durham University and a licensed minister in his local church. An expert on the Reformation in England and Scotland, he is the author of the prizewinning Being Protestant in Reformation Britain and The Sorcerer’s Tale: Faith and Fraud in Tudor England and is the co-editor of the Journal of Ecclesiastical History.