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.  


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.

Premier of 'Tudor Trilogy'

Tuesday 18 August 2015

The Cabinet of Curiosities premiers an original play 'Tudor Trilogy: The Adventures of Elizabeth I and her Father, Henry VIII' written by visiting Fulbright scholar, Dr. Carole Levin.

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Cabinet of Curiosities PG Symposium: 'Pain in the Early Modern Period'

Postgraduate students from Sheffield and York will be presenting papers dealing with pain in the early modern period.


'"Is there a God? Let it be put to vote": The Atheism Crisis in 1640s England'

CREMS Research Seminar with speaker Alec Ryrie (Durham)


At Close Quarters: Experiencing the Domestic c.1400-1600

This interdisciplinary conference hosted by the History of Art department will question, examine and explore the significance of domestic encounters 'at close quarters'.


Reflections on Reflections: The Pictorial Lessons of Mirrors in Vasari’s Lives.

CREMS Research Seminar with speaker Douglas Biow (Austin,Texas)


'Choosing the Elect: Fifth Monarchists and the Seventeenth-Century Conversion Narrative'

CREMS 'Brown Bag Lunch' Seminar with CREMS visiting scholar Belinda Molteberg Steen (Oslo)


“Rethinking the Early Modern Repertory”

CREMS Research Seminar with speaker Holger Schott Syme (University of Toronto).

Postgraduate Study