Walking Conversionary Rome

Wednesday 8 November, 18.00–19.30

Walking Conversionary Rome
Emily Michelson (St Andrews)

The 16th-century conversionary campaign against Jews took place largely in public, in the presence of many kinds of onlookers. Nowhere was conversion a greater spectacle than at forced sermons. This talk  traces the journeys of the three main populations who converged at conversionary sermons in the early 1580s: Jews, Neophytes, and Christians.  It blends an examination of urban renewal with religious questions to recreate the moment when public interest fixed on this new spectacle.