Prayer Book and Revolution

20 April, 10:30–20:00
Upper Library, Christ Church

Leading historians will discuss the significance of Christ Church MS 540, showing its place in the wider story of the Civil Wars and the development of a distinctive religious identity that would become Anglicanism.

Our speakers will be Richard Cust (University of Birmingham), Ken Fincham (University of Kent), Sarah Mortimer (Christ Church, Oxford), and William White (University of Hertfordshire).


  • 10:30 AM - 11:00 AM
  • 11:00 AM - 12:30 PM
    Session 1
    Ken Fincham (University of Kent), ‘Charles I, Laud and the reformation of the British churches’ Richard Cust, (University of Birmingham) ‘Charles I and the Scottish Revolution
  • 12:30 PM - 2.00 PM
    Lunch is not provided, but can be easily found in the city centre.
  • 2.00 PM - 3.30 PM
    Session 2
    Will White (University of Hertfordshire) 'Prayer, preaching, and piety in Civil War England' Sarah Mortimer, (Christ Church, University of Oxford), 'Images, ideas and Anglican identity 1630-1660'
  • 3:30 PM - 4:00 PM
    Tea Break and Recess
  • 4:00 PM - 6:00 PM
    Round Table and Exhibition
  • 6:00 PM - 7:00 PM
    Choral Evensong in Christ Church Cathedral
  • 7:00 PM - 8:00 PM
    Drinks Reception in the Chapter House
Detail of illustrations from the title page of MS 540