Clare College Cambridge

Dr Fred Smith

Research Fellow in History

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I am an historian of early modern religion, with a special interest in the series of dramatic religious Reformations and Counter-Reformations that swept across Europe over the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries.

My research explores the processes through which confessional identities were created, consolidated and contested during this fraught period, focusing most recently upon the role or exile and displacement in the development of English Catholic identity over the reigns of Henry VIII, Edward VI and Mary I.

 At Clare, I teach papers examining the religious, social and political history of early modern Britain, as well as a paper exploring historical argument and practice.