Event: Inaugural Lecture
Title:“Defending the Convent: Interactions between Soldiers and Nuns during the Thirty Years’ War in Germany”
Lecturer:Professor Beth Plummer, Susan C. Karant-Nunn Professor of Reformation and Early Modern European History, University of Arizona
Date and Time: Wednesday, March 28, 2018, 7:00 pm
Venue:UA Fred Fox School of Music, Holsclaw Hall
Information:Call (520) 626-5448
Lecture is free of charge and open to the public, Presented by: The University of Arizona, College of Social and Behavioral Sciences, Division for Late Medieval and Reformation Studies and Department of History
About the Lecture:
In 1630, Margarethe von Calenberg, the Lutheran abbess of Schildesche refused the demand from the bishop of Paderborn and 50 soldiers to hand over the convent’s keys, seals, and foundation documents. The soldiers responded by breaking down the convent doors, storming the choir to retrieve these items, and forcing all the nuns to convert to Catholicism. During the various wars of religion, troops plundered convents and monasteries as a regular part of their military tactics. The fear of being attacked led many nuns to flee to safer locations. Flight, however, was not a possibility for some convents. During the Thirty Years’ War, nuns living in mixed denominational convents refused to leave their houses, in part because invading troops used their forays to influence the religious beliefs of the nuns. At such moments, abbesses and nuns faced down soldiers to prevent the breach of the convent walls and forced conversions.
About the Speaker:
Professor Plummer is an expert on the German Reformation and Martin Luther, on confessional coexistence and toleration, and gender relations in early modern Germany. She is the author of the prize-winning book, From Priest’s Whore to Pastor’s Wife: Clerical Marriage and the Process of Reform in the Early German Reformation, and the co-editor of two volumes, most recently Archeologies of Confession: Writing the German Reformation, 1517-2017. She has written extensively on monastic marriage, concubinage, bigamy, historical memory, and Protestant nuns. Her current monograph project focuses on the experiences of nuns living in pluri-denominational convents in early modern Germany.