Prof. Dr. Mark Greengrass
Freiburg Institute for Advanced Studies (FRIAS)
School of History
Born 1949; 1971 MA at University of Oxford, 1979 Dr. phil. at University of Oxford; 1973-2009 Lecturer, Senior Lecturer, Reader, Professor of Early-Modern History, University of Sheffield; 1983 Fellow, Royal Historical Society (UK); 1985-6 Visiting Professor, University of Pau; 1986; 2000 Twice awarded the Nancy Lymon Roelker Prize for published research in early-modern French history by the Sixteenth Century Studies Society (USA); 1993 Fellow, Society of Antiquaries (UK); 1993/99 Invited Directeur d’études, Ecole Pratique des Hautes Etudes, Paris ; 1999/09/10 Visiting Professor, University of Paris-1; 2001 Visiting Professor, Centre de la Renaissance, Université de Tours ; 2005 Fellow, Institute of Advanced Studies, University of Indiana; 2004-2008 Associate Director of the AHRC (Arts and Humanities Research Council) Research Methods Network (funding stream: st1m); 2008 Awarded the 10th Annual Gapper Prize by the Society for French Studies (UK) for the best monograph in French studies; since 2008 President, Society for the Study of French History (UK); 2009/10 FRIAS fellowship
- Governing Passions: Peace and Reform in the French Kingdom, 1576-1585 (Oxford: Oxford U.P., 2007), pp. xvi + 423.
- [edited with Scott Dixon and Dagmar Freist] Living with Religious Diversity in Early Modern Europe (Aldershot: Ashgate, 2009), pp.viii + 286.
- [with Judith Pollman et al] – ch. 11 - ‘Introduction’ [pp. 221-235] and ch. 16 – ‘Two Sixteenth-Century Religious Minorities and their Scribal Networks’ [pp. 317-227] contributions to Heinz Schilling and Istvan Tóth (eds), Religion and Cultural Exchange in Europe, 1400-1700 (Cambridge, Cambridge University Press,2006).
- « La France, face aux affrontements religieux de l’époque de la Réforme » in L’Europe en Conflit (dir. Wolfgang Kaiser) (Rennes, Presses Universitaires de Rennes, 2009), pp. 37-60
- « Les innovations au sein de l’église établie et leurs limites : le cas français » in Alain Talon and Philip Benedict (eds), La Réforme en France et en Italie : contacts, comparaisons et contrastes (Rome and Paris : Ecole française de Rome and Boccard, 2007), pp. 127-143.
- ‘The Calvinist and the Chancellor: the Mental world of Louis Turquet de Mayerne’ in Francia. Forschungen zur westeuropäischen Geschichte 34/1 (2007), pp. 1-23.
- [edited, with Lorna Hughes] The Virtual Representation of the Past (Aldershot: Ashgate, 2008), pp. ix + 221.
- “Passions and the Patria: Michel de l’Hospital and the Reformation of the French Polity in the wars of religion”, in Robert von Friedeburg (ed.), ‘Patria’ und ‘Patrioten’ vor dem Patriotismus. Flichten, Rechte, Glauben und die Rekonfigurierung europäischer Gemeinwesen im 17. Jahrhundert (Wiesbaden: Harrassowitz Verlag, 2005), pp. 287-308.
- ‘The Theology and Liturgy of Reformed Christianity’ – in Ronnie Hsia (ed.), Cambridge History of Christianity, vol VI (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2006), pp. 104-124.
- ‘Epilogue: Régime Change, Restoration and Reformation’ in Alison Forrestal and Eric Nelson (eds), Politics and Religion in Early Bourbon France (Basingstoke; Palgrave Macmillan, 2009), ISBN 978-0-230-52139-1, pp. 246-260.
FRIAS research project
“Power and Communication in late Renaissance France (c.1550-1643)”
My research contributes to our growing understanding that one of the key transformations in early-modern Europe lies in its communication dynamics. Our study of these has, at least until recently, been limited to questions about the impact of printing in its first century. One of the starting-points for this project is that our understanding of information and communication has to be much more extensive (in range), pluralist (in social situation) and inclusive (of print, scribal publication, oral communication). The other is that power and information can never be separated. Through a series of empirical case-studies, I am proposing to examine to what extent we can reconstruct the networks of communication that lay (e.g.) behind the holding of an estates general, the structure of the French postal system, the use of scribal publication and print by the French aristocracy to defend and advance their interests, and what we can learn about information flows from diaries and journals. The result will be a book of case-studies in which the emergence of the stronger monarchical state in France in this period will emerge from its capacity to manage and direct information flows.