Eamon Duffy

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Eamon Duffy

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Duffy in 2010
Born (1947-02-09) 9 February 1947 (age 73)
Dundalk, Ireland
Academic background
Alma mater
Doctoral advisor
Academic work
Sub-disciplineHistory of Christianity
InstitutionsMagdalene College, Cambridge
Notable worksThe Stripping of the Altars (1992)

Eamon Duffy FSA FBA KSG (born 1947) is an Irish historian. He is a 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,[citation needed] in Dundalk, Ireland.[2] He describes himself as a "cradle Catholic".[2] He was educated at St Philip's School and the University of Hull. He undertook postgraduate research at the University of Cambridge, where his doctoral advisers were Owen Chadwick and Gordon Rupp.[3]

Academic career[edit]

Duffy specialises 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.[citation needed] 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]


  • 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)
  • "The Shock of Change: Continuity and Discontinuity in the Elizabethan Church of England", in Anglicanism and the Western Catholic Tradition (2003)
  • Faith of Our Fathers: Reflections on Catholic Tradition (2004)
  • Walking to Emmaus (2006)
  • Marking the Hours: English People and Their Prayers, 1240–1570 (2006)
  • Faith of Our Fathers: Reflections on Catholic Tradition (2006)
  • Fires of Faith: Catholic England Under Mary Tudor (2009)
  • Ten Popes Who Shook the World (2011)
  • Saints, Sacrilege and Sedition: Religion and Conflict in the Tudor Reformations (2012) ISBN 1441181172
  • Reformation Divided: Catholics, Protestants, and the Conversion of England (2017)
  • The Hope That Is Within You – Eamon Duffy in Conversation with Raymond Friel (2017)
  • John Henry Newman: A Very Brief History (2019)


  1. ^ Alphabetical list of all fellows, Magdalene College, Cambridge.
  2. ^ a b "Confessions of a Cradle Catholic"
  3. ^ "Professor Eamon Duffy FBA". Faculty of Divinity. University of Cambridge. Retrieved 8 June 2014.
  4. ^ Eamon Duffy profile Archived 3 March 2012 at the Wayback Machine
  5. ^ "Ten Popes Who Shook the World". BBC Radio 4.
  6. ^ "Awards Winners". History Today. 16 September 2011. Archived from the original on 16 September 2011. Retrieved 22 January 2015.
  7. ^ Myers, Kevin (26 May 2002). "This constant stream of English life". The Daily Telegraph. Retrieved 22 January 2015.
  8. ^ "Top historian criticises St Mary's for 'grotesque' treatment of professor". Catholic Herald. 25 September 2012. Retrieved 22 January 2015.
  9. ^ Past Presidents - Ecclesiastical History Society
  10. ^ "Prof Eamon Duffy receives Honorary Degree". Durham University. 3 July 2013. Retrieved 22 January 2015.
  11. ^ "Honorary Graduates – A to E". University of Hull. Archived from the original on 9 February 2015. Retrieved 22 January 2015.
  12. ^ "Honorary Degree ceremony". King's College London. 26 November 2009. Retrieved 22 January 2015.
  13. ^ "Members List". Royal Irish Academy. Archived from the original on 13 February 2015. Retrieved 22 January 2015.
  14. ^ "New Canons Admitted and Installed at Ely Cathedral". 14 May 2014. Archived from the original on 22 January 2015. Retrieved 22 January 2015.

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Professional and academic associations
Preceded by
Brenda Bolton
President of the Ecclesiastical History Society
Succeeded by
Averil Cameron
Preceded by
Helen Simpson
Hawthornden Prize
Succeeded by
William Fiennes