We are delighted to announce that Eric Nelson has been awarded the Nancy Lyman Roelker Prize for his article, “Remembering the Martyrdom of Saint Francis of Paola: History, Memory and Minim Identity in Seventeenth-Century France,” which was published in History & Memory 26.2 (Fall/Winter 2014). The prize is awarded annually by the Sixteenth Century Society and Conference for the best article published in English on sixteenth-century French history during the preceding calendar year. Congratulations, Eric!
This article examines the efforts to record traditions within the Minim community concerning the martyrdom of Saint Francis of Paola—the founder of their order, whose remains were burnt by Protestant forces during an attack on the Minim monastery outside Tours in 1562—and the role of published histories written by French Minim scholars in the first quarter of the seventeenth century. Exploring the relationship between individual, collective, and historical memory, the article sheds new light on how the iconoclastic violence of the French religious wars was remembered by religious communities.
Eric Nelson is Professor of History at Missouri State University and the author of The Jesuits and the Monarchy: Catholic Reform and Political Authority in France (1590–1615) (2005) and The Legacy of Iconoclasm: Religious War and the Relic Landscape of Tours, Blois and Vendôme, 1550–1750 (2013).