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CRRS Distinguished Visiting Scholar John Martin (Duke University) “Marranos and Nicodemites in Sixteenth-Century Venice”

February 15, 2011 at 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm

As a center of European and Mediterranean trade, Venice remained remarkably open to Jews and Protestants in the midst of the Counter Reformation. But the Republic’s Holy Office proved especially concerned by the presence in the city of Marranos and Nicodemites whose religious identities were ambiguous and difficult to categorize. This presentation explores some of these cases and what they suggest about changing notions of identity and the self in the confessional age.

John Jeffries Martin – 28th Annual CRRS Distinguished Visiting Scholar

John Jeffries Martin completed his Ph.D. at Harvard University under the direction of the late David Herlihy, a pioneer in the quantitative study of late medieval and early modern Europe. Martin is currently Professor of History at Duke University, where his research focuses on the cultural history of western Europe.

John Martin is the author of Myths of Renaissance Individualism (Palgrave Macmillan 2004), editor of The Renaissance World (Routledge, 2007) and co-editor of Heresy, Culture, and Religion in Early Modern Italy: Contexts and Contestations (Truman State University Press, 2006) and Venice Reconsidered: The History and Civilization of an Italian City-State (Hopkins, 2000). He is also editor of The Renaissance: Italy and Abroad (Routledge, 2003), and author of Venice’s Hidden Enemies: Italian Heretics in a Renaissance City (Hopkins, 2004). The first edition of Venice’s Hidden Enemies (California, 1993), won the Herbert Baxter Adams Prize of the American Historical Association for the best first book in European history.

Martin has held fellowships from the Danforth Foundation, the Fulbright Program, the American Philosophical Society, twice from the National Endowment for the Humanities, and the Guggenheim Foundation. His articles and essays have appeared in The American Historical Review, The Journal of Modern History, the Journal of Social History, Renaissance Quarterly, Renaissance Studies, and Quaderni Storici. He has served on the editorial board of The Journal of Medieval and Early Modern Studies and on the editorial advisory board for Renaissance Quarterly.


Each year a senior scholar of high distinction is invited to visit the CRRS to share his or her current research with the faculty and graduate students in Toronto and its vicinity, and to give two seminars. The program is designed to make possible informal contact between the visitor and local scholars.


February 15, 2011
4:00 pm - 6:00 pm
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