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Megan Armstrong, Ph.D. (Toronto)

Email: marmstr@mcmaster.ca
Phone: 905-525-9140 ext. 24141
Office: Chester New Hall 626

Megan Armstrong is an historian of Early Modern Europe with a particular interest in religion and religious institutions. Her research interests include Early Modern France, particularly the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries, the Franciscan tradition, sacred space, and the Mediterranean. Her publications include a monograph on Franciscan political and religious engagement during the Wars of Religion in France (1560-1600) and several articles. She is presently completing a book manuscript on Catholic engagement in the Holy Land, 1517-1700. This project has taken her over the last ten years to archives in Jerusalem, Venice, Rome, Paris and Aix-en-Provence.

Recent Publications

“France and the Early Modern Mediterranean.” Co-editor, with Gilian Weiss. Special edition of the journal French History (March 2015).

“Spiritual Legitimation? Franciscan Competition over the Holy Land, 1517-1700” in Alison Forrestal and Sean Smith eds. The Frontiers of Mission. Aldershot: Ashgate Publishing, 2015. Forthcoming.

“Catholicism in Europe on the Eve of Atlantic Expansion,” Steven Stein ed. Cambridge
History of Religions in America I (NY: University of Cambridge Press, 2012): 28-51.

“The Missionary Reporter,” Renaissance and Reformation/Renaissance et Réforme 34
(Dec 2011): 127-158.

“A Franciscan Kind of Hell: Torture, Love and Redemption in Reformation sermons, 1550-1620,” Isabel Moreira and Margaret Toscano eds., Hell and Its Afterlife: Historical and Contemporary Perspectives (Ashgate, 2010). 173-187.

“Franciscans, Peace and the Reign of Henry IV,” Alison Forrestal and Eric Nelson eds.,
After the League: Religion and Politics in Early Bourbon France 1589-1629  (Palgrave,
April 2009): 42-62.

“Transatlantic Catholicism: Rethinking the Nature of the Catholic Tradition in the Early Modern Period,” History Compass 5 (November 2007): 1942-1966.

“Predicare la Politica. L’évangelizzazione Francescana nella Francia della Riforma” in Quaderni Storici 119 (August 2005): 1-20.

“Spiritual Reform, Mendicant Autonomy, and State Formation: French Franciscan Disputes before the Parlement of Paris, 1500-1600” in French Historical Studies 25 (Summer 2002): 505-530.