Eamon Duffy

Intro Irish historian
Is Historian Church historian Author Professor Educator Writer
From Ireland
Type Academia Literature Religion Social science
Gender male
Birth 9 February 1947, Dundalk, Ireland
Star sign Aquarius

Eamon Duffy FSA FBA KSG (born 1947) is an Irish historian. He is Professor of the History of Christianity at the University of Cambridge, and a Fellow and former President of Magdalene College.

Early life

Duffy was born on 9 February 1947, in Dundalk, Ireland. He describes himself as a "cradle Catholic". He was educated at St Philip's School and the University of Hull. He undertook postgraduate research at the University of Cambridge, where his doctoral advisers were Owen Chadwick and Gordon Rupp.

Academic career

Duffy specialises in 15th- to 17th-century religious history of Britain. He is also a former member of the Pontifical Historical Commission. His work has done much to overturn the popular image of late-medieval Catholicism in England as moribund, and instead presents it as a vibrant cultural force. On weekdays from 22 October to 2 November 2007, he presented the BBC Radio 4 series 10 Popes Who Shook the World – those popes featured were Peter, Leo I, Gregory I, Gregory VII, Innocent III, Paul III, Pius IX, Pius XII, John XXIII, and John Paul II.

Prizes and awards

Longman–History Today Award for book of the year (1994): The Stripping of the Altars: Traditional Religion in England 1400–1580 Hawthornden Prize for Literature (2002): The Voices of Morebath: Reformation and Rebellion in an English Village Honorary fellow, St Mary's College, Twickenham (2003). (He later resigned from the position in protest at management decisions at the college made by its principal, Philip Esler) President of the Ecclesiastical History Society (2004–2005) Honorary doctorates from the universities of Durham, Hull, and King's College London, and from the Pontifical Institute of Medieval Studies, Toronto Honorary Member of the Royal Irish Academy (2012) Honorary Canon, Ely Cathedral (2014)


Humanism, Reform and the Reformation: The Career of Bishop John Fisher (1989), with Brendan Bradshaw The Stripping of the Altars: Traditional Religion in England, c.1400 to c.1580 (1992) Saints and Sinners, a History of the Popes. Yale University Press. 1997. ISBN 0-300-07332-1. The Voices of Morebath: Reformation and Rebellion in an English Village (2001) "The Shock of Change: Continuity and Discontinuity in the Elizabethan Church of England", in Anglicanism and the Western Catholic Tradition (2003) Faith of Our Fathers: Reflections on Catholic Tradition (2004) Walking to Emmaus (2006) Marking the Hours: English People and Their Prayers, 1240–1570 (2006) Faith of Our Fathers: Reflections on Catholic Tradition (2006) Fires of Faith: Catholic England Under Mary Tudor (2009) Ten Popes Who Shook the World (2011) Saints, Sacrilege and Sedition: Religion and Conflict in the Tudor Reformations (2012) ISBN 1441181172 Reformation Divided: Catholics, Protestants, and the Conversion of England (2017) The Hope That Is Within You – Eamon Duffy in Conversation with Raymond Friel (2017) John Henry Newman: A Very Brief History (2019)

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