Tuesday 9 January 2018 – Cormac Begadon – Identifying Responses to Revolution: the monks in Motion Prosopography and the English Benedictines in Revolutionary France, 1789-1794

Venue: John S Cohen Room, N203

Senate House
Malet Street
London WC1E 7HU

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In the eighteenth century, the exiled English Benedictine monks acted as vital points of contact between European and insular intellectual elites. Their stable communities in France and Germany were lively centres of secular and religious activity, operating as part of, and dialoguing with, changing contemporary secular society. Through utilising the AHRC-funded Monks in Motion online database, this paper explores how they, as Englishmen at the heart of European change, responded to the seismic intellectual and political movements of Enlightenment and Revolution and in turn how their transnational nature allowed them to become major agents of change, channelling new philosophical ways of thought between Europe and England. Note: at the request of the speaker, a recording of this seminar is not available via our YouTube channel.
Cormac Begadon worked with the Monks in Motion project, an AHRC-funded study of the English and Welsh Benedictines in exile, c.1553-1800 based at Durham University. He is currently senior adjunct research fellow at University College, Dublin, managing a project which examines a nineteenth century female reformatory and industrial school.

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