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The Transformation of Machiavellian religion in early modern Britain

Event type
Tudor & Stuart History
Event dates
, 5:15PM - 6:45PM
Online- via Zoom
Charlotte McCallum (Queen Mary University of London)
020 7862 8740

This paper will approach the question, now that we have put religion back into early modern history, how do we understand the role of its arch-atheist? Machiavelli played a key role in the secularisation theses of J. G. A. Pocock and others, but given that the seventeenth-century English authors who read him have been reinterpreted as devout Christians, we are left wondering what Machiavelli meant to them. As I shall show with attention to translation, print and manuscript evidence, they made Machiavelli acceptable occasionally through open correction and modification, but more often through creative (mis)readings of the texts.

Charlotte McCallum is a PhD student at Queen Mary University of London.

All welcome. This event is free, but booking is required.