The Inaugural Professorial Lecture of Professor Darren Oldridge – “Invisible Spirits in Tudor and Stuart England”

Dear Friends and Colleagues

The Inaugural Professorial Lecture of Professor Darren Oldridge

“Invisible Spirits in Tudor and Stuart England”

Thursday 29 September 2016, 5.15 for 5.30pm, at the University of Worcester Arena, Hylton Road, Worcester, WR2 5JN

It gives me great pleasure to invite you to the Inaugural Professorial Lecture of Professor Darren Oldridge, Thursday 29 September at 5.30pm, in the Joel Richards Conference and Media Suite at the University of Worcester Arena.

Professor Oldridge’s lecture is entitled “Invisible Spirits in Tudor and Stuart England”. The lecture will be followed by a reception to which you are also warmly invited.

Professor Darren Oldridge has spent twenty years exploring society’s relationship with ‘the Devil’. During this time he has written six books and numerous articles and book chapters, and acted as a consultant to TV and radio programmes dealing with witchcraft and evil spirits. His most recent titles are The Devil: A Very Short Introduction and The Supernatural in Tudor and Stuart England.

Most people in sixteenth and seventeenth century England believed that the world was inhabited by supernatural beings, including good and bad angels. In his lecture, Professor Oldridge will consider the impact of the English Reformation on attitudes towards these spirits. In particular, he will examine the tendency of Protestant thinkers to emphasise the invisibility of supernatural agents: their activity was thought to be widespread, but usually hidden from human eyes. Professor Oldridge will explore the reasons why angels and demons became invisible in this period, as well as the implications for the history of the supernatural more generally.

I do hope you will be able to join us for what I am sure will be a fascinating inaugural lecture.

Please reply to Becky Seabright at rsvp@worc.ac.uk or by calling 01905 857515 by Thursday 22 September.

Yours sincerely

Professor David Green

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