Eamon Duffy

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Eamon Duffy, FBA, FSA (born 9 February 1947) is an Irish historian and academic. He is Professor of the History of Christianity at the University of Cambridge, and a Fellow and former President of Magdalene College.[1]

Early life[edit]

Duffy was born on 9 February 1947 in Dundalk, Republic of Ireland.[2] He describes himself as a "cradle Catholic".[2] He undertook postgraduate studies at the University of Cambridge, where his doctoral advisers were Owen Chadwick and Gordon Rupp.[3]

Academic career[edit]

Duffy specializes in 15th- to 17th-century religious history of Britain. He is also a former member of the Pontifical Historical Commission.[4] His work has done much to overturn the popular image of late-medieval Catholicism in England as moribund, and instead presents it as a vibrant cultural force. On weekdays from 22 October to 2 November 2007, he presented the BBC Radio 4 series 10 Popes Who Shook the World[5] - those popes featured were Peter, Leo I, Gregory I, Gregory VII, Innocent III, Paul III, Pius IX, Pius XII, John XXIII, and John Paul II.

Prizes and awards[edit]

  • Hawthornden Prize for literature in 2002: The Voices of Morebath: Reformation and Rebellion in an English Village
  • Longman-History Today Award for book of the year: The Stripping of the Altars: Traditional Religion in England 1400-1580[6]
  • Honorary fellowship from St Mary's College in 2003 (he later resigned from the position in protest at management decisions at the college made by its principal, Philip Esler)[7]

Honorary Doctorates from the Universities of Durham, Hull, and King's College London, and from the Pontifical Institute for Medieval Studies, Toronto. Honorary Member of the Royal Irish Academy.


  • Humanism, Reform and the Reformation: The Career of Bishop John Fisher (1989), with Brendan Bradshaw
  • The Stripping of the Altars: Traditional Religion in England, c.1400 to c.1580 (1992)
  • Saints and Sinners, a History of the Popes. Yale University Press. 1997. ISBN 0-300-07332-1. 
  • The Voices of Morebath: Reformation and Rebellion in an English Village (2001)
  • Faith of Our Fathers: Reflections on Catholic Tradition (2004)
  • Walking to Emmaus (2006)
  • Marking the Hours: English People and Their Prayers, 1240-1570 (2007)
  • Fires of Faith: Catholic England under Mary Tudor (2009)
  • Ten Popes Who Shook the World (2011) ASIN B00680FXEY
  • Saints, Sacrilege and Sedition: Religion and Conflict in the Tudor Reformations (2012) ISBN 1441181172

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