Centre for Renaissance and Early Modern Studies

Welcome to the Centre for Renaissance & Early Modern Studies

A flourishing interdisciplinary community devoted to the study of the 15th, 16th and 17th centuries

MA students, Castle Howard visit

Bringing together faculty and postgraduates from a wider range of disciplines than any other university in the UK

Humanties Research Centre, Berrick Saul Building

The Centre has its own dedicated space in the newly built Berrick Saul Building

Postgraduate study area, Humanities Research Centre

CREMS is part of the University of York's Humanities Research Centre

Well placed for research into the rich archival and cultural resources found in and around York

A lively programme of seminars and conferences attracting scholars of international standing



The exhibition The Art of Disagreeing Badly: Religious Dispute in Early Modern Europe is now available on an interactive website.

The physical exhibition curated by Dr Stefan Bauer and Bethany Hume (York) was on display at the Old Palace, York Minster 15 November - 15th December 2016 and showcased the collections of the York Minster library, examining the role of religious polemic in the early modern period.  


Government confirms funding for EU students for 2018 to 2019

Tuesday 25 April 2017

EU students applying for university places in the 2018 to 2019 academic year will remain eligible for financial support.

SCSC Roland Bainton Prize for Reference Works

Tuesday 1 November 2016

Congratulations to CREMS members Kevin Killeen and Helen Smith along with Rachel Willie (John Moores) whose recent publication has been awarded the Roland H. Bainton Prize (for Reference Works) by the Council of the Sixteenth Century Society and Conference.

European Referendum

Tuesday 28 June 2016

Our statement on the EU Referendum.

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CREMS Research Seminar

CREMS Research Seminar with speaker Elaine Leong (Max Planck Institute)


Spanish Royal Geographies in Early Modern Europe and America: Re-thinking the Royal Sites / Geographies of Habsburg Politics and Religion

An interdisciplinary symposium investigating Spanish royal sites in the early modern World as international geographies.


York International Shakespeare Festival 2017

The York International Shakespeare Festival is a major cultural venture for York and for the North of England. It emerges from a new partnership between the York Theatre Royal, the University of York and Parrabbola.


CREMS Public Lecture

We are delighted to welcome visiting scholars Carole Levin and Alyson Alvarez from the University of Nebraska to deliver a CREMS two part public lecture to be held in the York city centre at The Bar Convent Living Heritage Centre.


The Annual Patrides Lecture: World History and God’s Grand Design: the historical imagination in the Middle Ages and Reformation

The Centre for Renaissance and Early Modern Studies and the Department of English and Related Literature are delighted to welcome to York Professor Euan Cameron, Henry Luce III Professor of Reformation Church History (Columbia University) to deliver the Annual Patrides Lecture.


The Uses of History in Early Modern Religious Controversies

An international conference concentrating on the polemical interactions between Catholics and Protestants and exploring to which degree history and theology were fused together in the process and to which degree they could be separated.

Postgraduate Study