Protestantism and art in early modern England

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Keith Thomas, Medlicott Winner, last updated: 31st May 2003

I am greatly honoured to receive the Medlicott medal and I thank the President for his much-too-kind remarks. It is fifty years since I attended my first meeting of the Historical Association and heard a lecture by Professor Medlicott himself, no less. The Association does a wonderful job in encouraging public interest in the past and in forging links between students and teachers of history, readers and writers. These days it is more successful than ever and I am very proud to have been invited to speak to you today. My subject is Protestantism and Art in early modern England. You don’t have to be an art historian to know that, by comparison with the Europe of Titian, Rubens, Rembrandt, Velázquez, and Bernini, painting and sculpture in sixteenth and seventeenth century England were provincial and...

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