Saturday, 6 May 2017

in preparation

A paper: “Scottish Agents, Protestant solidarity and the End of the ‘Franco-British’ Empire (1560s)”

This paper participates in the rethinking of the outbreak of the French Wars of Religion by a transnational approach. It does so by focusing on three Scottish captains – Stuart, Borthwick and Cockburn – who were actors of the end of the British ambitions of the catholic French Kings at the turn of the 1560s. To ensure the triumph of the Protestant Cause, they were involved on the side of the Huguenots but crossed the Channel many times. They were soldiers, men of action, double or triple agents, letter bearers, between France, England and Scotland. They participated in a new dimension of the Auld Alliance and the birth of British links between Elizabeth I’s kingdom and Scotland from 1559. Their lives on the both side of the Channel reveal the important and complex Franco-British history in the middle of the 16th century.

An exhibition: in York Minster Library (October 2017):

With York Minster Library, an exhibition of 16th century books showing how French Wars of Religion echoed in England and how they were used for propaganda both by Elizabethan government and the Catholics (English and Scots).

Wednesday, 15 March 2017


22-24 May 2017 - Seville (Escuela de Estudios Hispano-Americanos)
International Conference: Sediciones y revueltas en la reflexión política de la Europa moderna / Séditions et révoltes dans la réflexion politique de l’Europe Moderne
Eric Durot: “L’Écosse révoltée: un laboratoire politique pour le royaume de France au tournant des guerres de Religion.”

16 June 2017 - Rambouillet (Palais du roi de Rome)
Conference: Mary of Guise as a conduit between Lorraine, France and Scotland
Eric Durot:  "A too free conduit? When the flow of men and ideas turned against Mary of Guise"
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26-27 June 2017 - Glasgow (University of Strathclyde)
The 2017 (31th) SSFH Annual Conference: France, Europe and the World
Eric Durot: Initiator of the panel ‘Rethinking the French Wars of Religion: a transnational approach’
Eric Durot: "The Scottish Reformation Rebellion (1559-60): The First French War of Religion"

5-6 July 2017 - Durham (Durham University)
Workshop: Sedition: subversive and controversial literature in Europe, 1500-1700
Eric Durot: “John Knox’s ‘subversive literature’ and the outbreak of the French Wars of Religion: A Survey”

And in York:

2 June 2017: “The Uses of History in Early Modern Religious Controversies”, International Conference at King’s Manor, York. Organiser: Dr. Stefan Bauer (Marie Curie fellow, University of York)

9 June 2017: “A Date with History: did you say Europe?”, King’s Manor, York.
during the York Festival of Ideas

Saturday, 10 December 2016

Coming soon

                      14 March 2017

Thursday, 10 November 2016

Project FRANCOBRIT / Fellowship

The Outbreak of the Wars of Religion: a Franco-British History (1543-c.72) begins with the original hypothesis that the outbreak of the French Wars of Religion (1562-98) can be traced to events in Scotland between 1557 and 1560 when Scottish Calvinists, with the support of their allies in England, overthrew the French Catholic regency of Mary de Guise. In fact, this event is the First French War of Religion.
The multiple relations between England, Scotland and France were to have an impact on events across Europe in the 1560s, profoundly altering the political and diplomatic balance of power. In particular, the Calvinist revolt (the Reformation Rebellion) in Scotland was to have a major impact in France, where French Protestants were inspired to overthrow the existing political and religious order.
The project takes its inspiration from the trans-national turn in the historiography of Europe, which seeks to question and reinterpret the dominant national historiographies of the Reformation. The object of the project is not to deny the national dimension of the Reformation, but on the contrary to show how national events were shaped and informed by events overseas and mutual influences.

Le déclenchement des Guerres de Religion : une histoire franco-britannique (1543-v.1572) part de l'hypothèse originale que le déclenchement des Guerres de Religion françaises (1562-1598) peut être attribué aux événements d'Ecosse entre 1557 et 1560, quand des écossais calvinistes, avec l'aide de leurs alliés en Angleterre, renversent la régence française et catholique de Marie de Guise. Cet épisode est en réalité la première guerre de Religion.
Les multiples relations entre l'Angleterre, l'Ecosse et la France ont une influence majeure sur les événements en Europe dans la décennie 1560, modifiant profondément l'équilibre politique et diplomatique. En particulier, la révolte calviniste (Reformation Rebellion) en Ecosse a un impact majeur en France, où les Huguenots s'en inspirent pour renverser l'ordre politique et religieux existant.
Le projet s'inscrit dans le tournant de l'histoire transnationale en Europe, et souhaite reconsidérer la dimension nationale qui domine dans l'historiographie de la Réforme. Il ne s'agit pas de dénier la dimension nationale de la Réforme, mais au contraire de montrer comment les événements nationaux sont façonnés et éclairés par des événements étrangers et des influences mutuelles.

Project "FRANCOBRIT" (2016-2018) is funded by the European Commission's Research and Innovation H2020 by the Marie Skłodowska-Curie actionsNo 702083.

Researcher: Dr. Eric Durot - this website
Supervisor: Pr. Stuart Carroll
Host Institution: University of York (UK)

Wednesday, 5 October 2016

Blog’s starting date: 29 September 2016.


Left: Seal of François II of France and Mary Queen of Scots, 1559 (Archives nationales, SC/D100 © Archives nationales, Paris, France)

Right: Petrus Frarinus [Peter Frarin], An oration against the vnlawfull insurrections of the protestantes of our time..., [1566], K6v.: “No Queen in her kingdome can or ought to syt fast/ If Knokes or Goodmans books blowe any true blast”.

Saturday, 1 October 2016

New Perspectives on the Auld Alliance: 
Scotland, France and their neighbours in the Early Modern Period
21-22 June 2016, The University of Kent, Canterbury - Amy Blakeway
Conference programme:
9-9.30: registration
9.30-11: Panel 1: 1: Translation and Identity
Bryony Coombs, University of Edinburgh: 'Creating Identities: Scots Patronage of the Visual Arts in France 1490-1530'.
Jamie Reid-Baxter, University of Glasgow: ‘King David, Charles IX and James VI as tyrants: Beza, Belleau, Melville and the Miserere’.
Astrid Stilma, Canterbury Christ Church University, 'Confessions and Meditations: Translating Scottish Protestant Politics in the Low Countries and France'
11.-11.30: Coffee
11.30-1: Panel 2: War and Identity
Graeme Millen, University of St Andrews: 'Fighting an 'Auld Ally': The Scots-Dutch Brigade during the Franco-Dutch War, 1672-1678'
Luca Fois, Università Bocconi, Milano: 'Strangers in a Strange Land: Scottish troops and community in Milan during the Italian Wars'
Eric Durot, Université de la Sorbonne: 'The Auld Alliance and the Franco-Scottish Wars of Religion'
1-2: Lunch
2-3.30: Panel 3: 1560 and Beyond
Siobhan Talbott, Keele University: 'Surviving the 'chill blast of Protestantism': The Franco-Scottish Auld Alliance, 1560-1713'
David Potter, Emeritus, University of Kent: 'The splendours and miseries of a French ambassador: Paul de Foix and the British Isles, 1562-66'
Violetta Trofimova, Independent scholar, St. Petersburg, Russia: 'Three generations of Haddington family and France'
3.30-4: Coffee
4-5.30: Panel 4: Alternatives to France
Simon Egan, University College Cork: 'Scotland’s second ‘auld’ alliance? The O’Donnells of Tyrconnell and the Stewart monarchy, c.1450-1541'
Laura Crombie, University of York: 'Lions United? Diplomatic relations between Scotland and the Burgundian Low Countries, c.1384-1500'
Silke Muylaert, University of Kent: 'A Protestant intermediary between Scotland and the Continent: The Stranger Churches in England'
5.45-6.45: Keynote lecture, Professor Steve Murdoch, University of St Andrews: 'The Auld Alliance and the French intervention in the Thirty Years' War, 1630-1648'
6.45-7.15: Wine reception, sponsored by the University of Kent's Centre for Medieval and Early Modern Studies
7.15: Taxis to central Canterbury; 7.30pm: Dinner
Day 2; 22 June
8.45-9.15 am: Coffee
9.15-10.45: Panel  5: The Rough Wooings and their aftermath: the apotheosis of the 'auld alliance'?
Aysha Pollnitz, Grinnell College: 'Learning on the job? Mary, Queen of Scots in France and Scotland'
Annette Bachstaadt, Université de Rheims: 'Marie of Guise-Lorraine and the end of the auld alliance'
Amy Blakeway, University of Kent: 'Believing the auld enemy? French understandings of the history of the British Isles'
10.45-11.15: Coffee
11.15-12: Roundtable Discussion: where next for studies of the auld alliance, and concluding remarks
12: Conference concludes.

This conference is generously funded by the University of Kent's Humanities Faculty Research Fund and the Centre for Medieval and Early Modern Studies