Fellow and Regius Professor of History.
Professor Lyndal Roper, BA (Hons) (Melb.), PhD (London), FBA, FAHA, FRHistS.
Tel: 01865 276555
Professor Lyndal Roper (PhD, F RHist S, FAHA, FBA).
I did my undergraduate degree in History with Philosophy at the University of Melbourne, and from there I went to study in Germany at the University of Tubingen before moving to the University of London (King’s College) where I completed my doctorate. I worked at Royal Holloway, University of London and then moved to Balliol College, Oxford, where I was Fellow and Tutor in History. I’m now at Oriel College. I am the first woman to hold the Regius Chair in History, and so far as I know, the first Australian. I’ve worked on the history of witchcraft and am now writing a biography of the German reformer Martin Luther. I am happy to supervise graduate students in the area of early modern German history, the history of witchcraft, gender history, history of the body, sexuality, or indeed any topic within the cultural history of the early modern period.
Martin Luther by Professor Lyndal Roper.
When on 31 October 1517 an unknown monk nailed a theological pamphlet to the church door in a small German university town, he set in motion a process that ushered in the modern age. His attempts to reform Christianity would split the Western Church, divide Europe and polarise people’s beliefs, leading to religious persecution, social unrest and war; in the long run his ideas would help break the grip of religion on every sphere of life. Yet Luther was a deeply flawed human being: a fervent believer tormented by spiritual doubts; a prolific writer whose translation of the Bible would shape the German language; a married ex-monk who liberated human sexuality from the stigma of sin; a religious fundamentalist, Jew-hater and political reactionary. An acclaimed historian and a brilliant biographer, Lyndal Roper reveals the often contradictory psychological forces that drove Luther forward and the dynamics they unleashed, which turned a small act of protest into a battle against the power of the Church.
History of Witchcraft; Martin Luther and the Reformation.