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Peter Lake: The Politics of Exorcism in Post-Reformation England
The Politics of Exorcism in Post-Reformation England
University Distinguished Professor of History
Peter Lake, University Distinguished Professor of history and professor of the history of Christianity at Vanderbilt University, is among the most respected and prolific historians of early modern England working today.
He has written an extraordinary number of articles, edited six collections of essays, authored five books (among them The Antichrist's Lewd Hat and The Boxmaker's Revenge), and is going to publish three more soon: a large-scale study on Shakespeare's history plays, one on Catholic critiques of the Elizabethan regime as a conspiracy of evil counsel and a tyranny (based on the prestigious Ford Lectures given at the University of Oxford), and one about Samuel Clarke's collections of godly lives.
A historian of politics, religion, and culture, his work is noted for its ability to breathe new life into familiar texts and to use neglected ones to expand the parameters of his field. When he visits Fayetteville he will be sharing new research on the political and polemical uses of exorcism in 16th and 17th century England.