gianmarco braghi

I was born in Piacenza in 1987 and I studied at the University of Milan both for my Bachelor’s (History) and my Master’s degree (Early Modern History). My MA thesis, which I completed in spring 2012, was entitled “The Ink War: Political and Religious Propaganda in France under the Reign of Charles IX Valois, 1560-1574” and was supervised by Professor Claudia di Filippo Bareggi and co-supervised by Professor Susanna Peyronel Rambaldi.

In summer 2012, I was awarded a three-year postgraduate studentship by the Irish Research Council (An Chomhairle um Thaighde in Éirinn), and in September 2012 I started my doctoral studies at the Department of History of Trinity College Dublin under the supervision of Dr Graeme Murdock. My PhD thesis, entitled “The Evolving Character of the French Reformed Movement, c.1555-c.1572”, is about the development of the early Reformed churches of France, the first generation of pastors serving these congregations, and the relationship between these ministers and Geneva, home to the Venerable Company of Pastors and its moderators, John Calvin and later Theodore Beza. My revised thesis will be published by Vandenhoeck&Ruprecht in due course.

In academic year 2013-2014, I spent a semester in Paris and one in Geneva for research purposes. While in Geneva, I was hosted by the Institut d’Histoire de la Réformation (Université de Genève), which also granted me a bourse Georges et Pierre Regard. During academic year 2014-2015, I was appointed member of the Trinity Long Room Hub Arts and Humanities Research Centre and I worked as a Teaching Assistant to Dr Graeme Murdock for the module Europe c.1500-c.1700: Power and Belief. After defending my thesis successfully, I was proclaimed Philosophiae Doctor in June 2016.

I have been a postdoctoral researcher at the Fondazione per le scienze religiose “Giovanni XXIII” since December 2017 and I am a co-editor of the Corpus Christianorum – Conciliorum Oecumenicorum Generaliumque Decreta, volumes VI-VII, Synods of the Churches of and after the Reformation.


– (with Marta Alvarez González e Stefano Zuffi), Farnese. Duchi di Piacenza e di Parma, signori del Rinascimento e del Barocco (Milan: Skira, 2013).

L’Accademia degli Ortolani (1543-1545). Eresia, stampa e cultura a Piacenza nel medio Cinquecento (Piacenza: Lir, 2011).


Peer-reviewed articles

– ‘The Civil Magistrates of Geneva and the Placement of Pastors in France on the Eve of the First War of Religion (1562)’, Journal of Early Modern Christianity 4/1 (April 2017), 91-111.

– ‘Riforma e censura sinodale nella Bassa Linguadoca del XVI secolo. Un documento ritrovato sul caso di Jean Mutonis’, Bibliothèque d’Humanisme et Renaissance LXXVII/2 (July 2015), 371-382.

– ‘The Death of Charles IX Valois: An Assassin’s or a Martyr’s Blood? The Image of Kingship during the French Wars of Religion’, Oxford Journals – French History 28/3 (September 2014), 303-321.

Conference papers and seminar papers

– ‘The Politics of Proselytising: The Small Council of Geneva and the Sending of Pastors to France (1562), Sixth Annual RefoRC Conference, Det Teologiske Fakultet, Københavns Universitet, 28 May 2016.

– ‘The Earliest Editions of the Gallican Confession, 1560-1561: Political Statements of Faith?’, Department of History Postgraduate Seminar, Trinity College Dublin, 30 April 2015 (invited paper).

– ‘La première génération de pasteurs réformés en France au seizième siècle: enjeux politiques et religieux d’une nouvelle élite’, Bible, histoire et diplomatie (XVIe-XXIe siècles): Journée Doctorale du Groupe de Recherche en Histoire des Protestantismes, Institut Protestant de Théologie (Parigi), 6 December 2014 (invited paper).

– ‘Repression of Heresy under the Reigns of François I and Henri II’, Special Master’s Students History Workshop, Trinity College Dublin, 12 November 2013 (invited paper).