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David van der Linden awarded Nancy Roelker Prize and Harold Grimm Prize

Monday, November 5, 2018   (0 Comments)

On 2 November 2018, Dr David van der Linden, post-doctoral researcher and lecturer at the University of Groningen, received two prestigious awards from the Sixteenth Century Society, both for his article “Memorializing the Wars of Religion in Early Seventeenth-Century French Picture Galleries: Protestants and Catholics Painting the Contested Past,” published in Renaissance Quarterly in 2017 (volume 70, issue 1). The article is now available in open access via https://doi.org/10.1086/691832.

He was awarded the Nancy Lyman Roelker Prize for the best article published on sixteenth-century French history, as well as the Harold J. Grimm Prize for the best article that reflects and sustains Grimm’s lifelong search for a broad understanding of the Reformation as a fundamentally religious phenomenon which permeated the whole civilization of Europe in the Reformation era. The article examines a series of picture galleries to understand how Protestant and Catholic elites in early seventeenth-century France remembered the Wars of Religion. It demonstrates that postwar France remained a divided nation: Protestant and Catholic portrait galleries offered a sectarian memory of the conflict, glorifying party heroes. Historical picture galleries, on the other hand, promoted a shared memory of the wars, focusing on King Henry IV’s successful campaign against the Catholic League to unite the kingdom. The article argues that postwar elites made a sincere effort to manage religious tensions by allowing partisan memories to circulate in private while promoting a consensual memory in public.

Dr Van der Linden will be using the prize money to complete his archival research in France. He is currently preparing a book manuscript titled Divided by Memory: Remembering the Wars of Religion in Early Modern France, which examines how conflicting Protestant and Catholic memories about the French Wars of Religion undermined religious coexistence and re-ignited civil conflict. For further information, please visit https://vanderlinden.weebly.com, or follow @dcvanderlinden on Twitter.


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