‘Conversion Narratives in Early Modern Europe’ is a three-year project, funded by the Arts and Humanities Research Council, that seeks to uncover people’s experience of religious change and devotional practice between 1550 and 1700.
Posted on Wednesday 24 April 2013
New mobile app unlocks the secrets of the 'Virtue and Vice' exhibition
Posted on Monday 8 April 2013
The newly-launched 'Virtue and Vice' exhibition at Hardwick Hall in Derbyshire invites visitors to discover the rich stories and histories of Elizabethan and Jacobean England, as they have been transformed and expanded by our research into religious change, household life, and cultural encounters.
Posted on Thursday 28 March 2013
Project co-director Helen Smith drew together many of the elements of our 'Cultural Encounters' lecture series by reflecting on 'Embroidered Encounters: Travel, Trade and Religion at Hardwick Hall'.
This image shows one of three magnificent hangings at Hardwick Hall in Derbyshire, which illustrate the theological virtues - faith, temperance, and hope - and their opposing vices. Here, 'Faith' triumphs over 'false religion', personified in the figure of 'Mahomet'.
Virtue and Vice was a decorative theme with a long history. Yet this image, created in the late sixteenth century, marks a radical departure from tradition.
Visit the 'Virtue and Vice' exhibition, curated by the Conversion Narratives project team, to learn how England was transformed by the political, religious, and social upheaval known as the Reformation, and by the global confrontations and exchanges made possible by travel, trade, and exploration. All of these threads twine together in the rich history of Hardwick Hall, and the colourful life of its builder, Bess.
Read more about the process of creating the exhibition on our blog.