Marlowe and the Huguenots of Canterbury

Marlowe and the Huguenots of Canterbury: Symposium (March 22nd 2024)

The ‘Marlowe and the Huguenots of Canterbury’ symposium, sponsored by the Centre for Heritage, is a follow-up event to the Marlowe Festival (see banner), marking the research outputs from that event, and discussing the aftermath to the Saint Bartholomew’s Day Massacre, including the refugee crisis caused by the French Wars of Religion. For Marlowe, growing up in Canterbury, he would have been aware of the mass immigration of Huguenot (French Protestant) communities to Canterbury and its surrounding regions. During the symposium, we will be launching a special journal issue of The Journal of Marlowe Studies and showcasing a new video documentary about the Marlowe Festival. Delegates will visit the Huguenot chapel in Canterbury Cathedral and look at some of the evidence for the Huguenot community living in Canterbury during Marlowe’s youth.


Rory Loughnane, Catherine Richardson, and Laura Romain.



Friday 22 March 2024

            Marlowe Lecture Theatre 2, University of Kent, Canterbury Campus

9:15-9:30                      Welcome

                                    Rory Loughnane & Catherine Richardson

9:30-10:30                    Roundtable 1: St Bartholomew’s Day Massacre: Event and Aftermath

Catherine Richardson (Chair), Penny Roberts (Warwick), Alexandra Walsham (Cambridge), Andrew Spicer (Oxford Brookes)

10:30-11:30                  Roundtable 2: Marlowe’s The Massacre at Paris

Rory Loughnane (Chair), Lisa Hopkins (Sheffield Hallam), Anne-Marie Miller-Blaise (Université Sorbonne Nouvelle), Christine Sukic (Université de Reims Champagne-Ardenne), Diana Henderson (Massachusetts Institute of Technology)

11:30-12:30                  Documentaries: Massacre in Performance in Canterbury, Reims & Paris

                                    Paul Allain (Kent); Rory Loughnane, Anne-Marie Miller-Blaise, Christine Sukic

12:30-2                        Break for lunch and travel downtown.

            Canterbury Cathedral

2-3                               Crypt and Huguenot Chapel

                                    Paul Allain; Anne-Marie Miller-Blaise, Christine Sukic

3-4                               Canterbury Cathedral Library and Archives: Discussion of Documents &       Special Issue Launch of The Journal of Marlowe Studies

Laura Romain, Cressida Williams (Canterbury Cathedral Library and Archives; Lisa Hopkins

4-5                               Marlowe City Walking Tour of Canterbury

                                    Luke Farrell, Rory Loughnane, Catherine Richardson