huguenots of spitalfields
huguenots of spitalfields
huguenots of spitalfields
huguenots of spitalfields
huguenots of spitalfields
huguenots of spitalfields

Monday 22nd October 2018


Resistance of Conformity: the dilemma for Huguenots in late-Stuart England
Speaker: Revd. Chris Moody
Christ Church, Commercial St, Spitalifields,  E1 6LY
1.10-1.50pm
Admission: free


The word ‘register’ has a double meaning in this context. In 18th century French it could mean ‘resist’ as for Marie Durand and the Huguenot women immured in the Tower of Constance. In the English context it meant whether or not to register and conform as a member of the Established Church in the late Stuart period 1660-1720. Resistance and assimilation typified the ambivalent relationship on both sides. On the Anglican side Huguenots were welcomed as persecuted fellow protestants and martyrs but, at the same time, distrusted as being more akin to the Presbyterians and non-conformists who had taken control of the Anglican Church before the Restoration and who had chosen to leave  it rather than conform after the reestablishment of episcopal control and governance. On the Huguenot side, the dilemma was how to assert their own strong religious and cultural identity and loyalty to their own church order, whilst asserting their position as resourceful newcomers in majority English society, commerce and culture. The Hawksmoor churches like St Alfege Greenwich, and Christchurch, Spitalfields, were built in areas of high Huguenot immigration, both to welcome Huguenots but also to control their identity and co-opt them in the contemporary struggle with non-conformity.

 

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