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Tim Blanning

The Reformation and British Culture (1500-1700). The emphasis on the portrait as a response to the prohibition on religious imagery URL:
The Reformation had a great impact over all aspects of the British culture. This conference will be essentially focused on three of these aspects. In first place, we will discuss the effects of the expropriation of the Church's properties, especially in the transfer of their lands to the nobility and the bourgeoisie. We will pay a special attention to the English enthusiasm with the portrait, to the construction of the country houses, to the impact in the universities, and to the changes in the musical realm. A second section will be devoted to the raising of English nationalism that found its expression in all cultural medias, especially painting and theatre. Finally, we will examine the frequently tense relationship between the culture representing the royal court and the growing public sphere.
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