A New History of Rome, its Popes and its People

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Jessica Wärnberg2023-01-23T14:38:48+00:00

Dr Jessica Wärnberg

I am a historian of the early modern world, a published author, a Fellow of the Royal Society of History and a devoted educator, providing support and mentorship to fledgling historians of all backgrounds.

Working in archives and libraries from Dublin to Turin, I have published groundbreaking research on how religion and politics have clashed and intertwined in Europe since the sixteenth century. My first book ‘Between Popes, Inquisitors and Princes’ reveals how the early Jesuits collaborated with the Holy See and crowned heads of Europe – often undercover – to fight heresy in the wake of the Protestant Reformation. I am now writing the first-ever account of how the presence of the papacy has shaped the history of Rome, from the time of Saint Peter to our own day.

I welcome invitations to write and speak about my research, as well as my experiences as a historian and educator. To date, my writing has been published in prestigious academic journals and popular magazines such as History Today and the Catholic Herald. I have given lectures and spoken at events in the U.K., Belgium, Canada, Italy and Spain.

Read my top 10 facts on the Jesuits on History Hit

On the History Hit website, you can now read an article in which I give my top ten facts on the Jesuits: from the conversion of Ignatius Loyola to the election of the Pope Francis, via the Chinese Rites controversy. You can read the article here:

Learning lessons from a sixteenth-century Polish princess.

In a new article for the Catholic Herald, I considered what we might learn from Katarina Jagellonica, the Queen Consort to John III of Sweden. Faithful, determined and learned, Katarina is an unlikely but inspiring model. You can read the article in the magazine or here:

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