An Elizabethan travels to Rome and Seville

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Lunchtime lecture series: HILLARY 2023

An Elizabethan travels to Rome and Seville

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 Wednesday 24 January 2024


 Sir Victor Blank Lecture Theatre, Weston Library and online via Zoom

  Free event and open to all, booking required

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About the event

An appearance before the Inquisition, encounters with musicians and with Jews, and dramatic torchlit processions are among the first-hand experiences in this lunchtime lecture.

Drawing on the travel and conversion account of an Anglo-Irish layman – a unique manuscript that has recently been published – this talk will illustrate the difficulties facing an Elizabethan living in Rome and Seville, between the Tudor world and Catholic Europe.

It will also cover the journey of the manuscript itself, from the author’s home in the Irish countryside to the Bodleian Libraries.


Brian Mac Cuarta is an Irish Jesuit, and fellow of Campion Hall, Oxford. An early modern historian, he has edited Henry Piers’s Continental Travels, 1595–1598 (Cambridge, 2018).

Booking information

This event is available to attend in person at the Weston Library or online via Zoom. The event is free and open to all but booking is required. When you have booked your place, the ticketing system will send you an automated confirmation.

Details will be confirmed to registrants ahead of the event. If you have booked to attend online, you will receive a link to the Zoom webinar in the week before the event.

Friends of the Bodleian

This talk is supported by the Friends of the Bodleian. To enjoy closer access to the Bodleian, including exclusive events and priority access to online content, join the Friends today.

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This lecture will be held in person in the Sir Victor Blank Lecture Theatre at the Weston Library.

Broad Street, Oxford, OX1 3BG

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 Wheelchair access

The Weston Library is wheelchair accessible.

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