Miles Pattenden

junior fellow
EURIAS cohort 2017/2018
discipline History
Research Fellow, Wolfson College and the Faculty of History, University of Oxford

Research project

Orbi ultra Urbem: The Pope beyond Rome in Counter-Reformation Catholicism

 

Orbi ultra Urbem: The Pope beyond Rome is a project to investigate the papacy’s role as a cultural force and an agent of transnational exchange within early modern Catholicism. Acceptance of the pope’s authority was the single most important belief to unite Catholics and distinguish them from other Christians in this period. Yet papal historians have rarely engaged with the texts, images, artefacts and cultural practices by which many Catholics, especially those outside Italy, articulated that belief. The pope is thus a surprisingly marginal figure in many key discourses about early modern Catholicism as a religious and cultural system: its expressions of piety and sanctity, its evangelizing missions, its concepts of political economy and its understandings of categories like the self, community, tradition and knowledge.

 

This project proposes to excavate and analyse the disparate range of sources needed to restore the pope to wider discussions about wider early modern Catholic culture, not merely as a patron of specific initiatives but as a sacred and authoritative figure in his own right. The project builds on my own earlier work on the political and constitutional aspects to papal history and also on my interest in how the papacy was viewed from Spain, to consider this question on a holistic basis. It aims both to advance a new religious and social history of Roman Catholicism in a global context and also to contribute to important conceptual challenges facing global history today: how to link centres to far-flung peripheries and how to relate the micro-scale of everyday experiences to macro-narratives, stories about "great men" and powerful institutions. The project is therefore a major intervention not only in the history of one of the world’s most populous religions but also in the history of globalization’s first great "age", when Europeans set forth to trade, colonize and disseminate their culture. It uses its analysis of the pope’s role and the way that the papacy was received to consider broad questions about the nature of Catholicism itself.

 

 

Biography

 

Miles Pattenden is Lecturer at the Faculty of History and Research Fellow at Wolfson

College, University of Oxford. He holds a Ph.D in History from the University of Oxford. His main research interests focus on early modern Italy and Spain, in particular the papacy and the Catholic Church during the Counter-Reformation. He is currently writing a history of Global Catholicism from the Council of Trent to Pope Francis and working as Principal Investigator in a British Academy/Leverhulme Trust sponsored project on the Early Modern Cardinal.

 

 

Selected publications

 

The Companion to the Early Modern Cardinal,  with A. Witte & M. Hollingsworth (eds), Companions to the Christian Tradition series, Brill, Leiden, 2018. [forthcoming]

 

'Cultures of Secrecy in the Papal Conclave, c.1059-1621', in S. Ferente, L. Kuncevic & M. Pattenden (eds), Cultures of Voting in Pre-Modern Europe, Routledge, London, 2017.

 

Electing the Pope in Early Modern Italy, 1450-1700, Oxford University Press, Oxford, 2017.

 

'From Ambassador to Cardinal? Francisco de Vargas at the papal court (1559-63)', in D. Carrió-Invernizzi (ed.), Embajadores culturales. Transferencias y lealtades de la diplomacia española de la edad moderna, UNED, Madrid, 2016, pp. 139-156.

 

Pius IV and the Fall of the Carafa: Nepotism and Papal Authority in Counter-Reformation Rome, Oxford University Press, Oxford, 2013.

 

 

 

institut

senior fellow
EURIAS promotion 2018/2019
Madrid Institute for Advanced Study (MIAS)
discipline History
2018
junior fellow
EURIAS promotion 2018/2019
Madrid Institute for Advanced Study (MIAS)
discipline Sociology
2018
senior fellow
EURIAS promotion 2017/2018
Madrid Institute for Advanced Study (MIAS)
discipline History
2017