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 degrees (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: it 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, was about the development of the early Reformed church in France, the first generation of pastors serving in its 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.

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 holding a “Delio Cantimori – Regione Emilia-Romagna” Fellowship at the Foundation for Religious Studies “John XXIII” since December 2017 and I am a co-editor of the Corpus Christianorum – Conciliorum Oecumenicorum Generaliumque Decreta, volumes 6/7, Synods of the Churches of and after the Reformation. I also participate in the Fondazione’s European starting community ReIReS.

Since May 2019, I am serving as Coordinator of the “Giuseppe Alberigo” European School for Advanced Religious Studies, the Foundation’s graduate school.


– (forthcoming), Ministry and Mission: The Emergence of Pastoral Authority in the French Reformed Church, c.1555-c.1572 (Göttingen: Vandenhoeck&Ruprecht, 2020).

– (with Marta Alvarez González and 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

– ‘«Confessioni vestrae nonnulla visum est addere, perpauca vero commutare». L’approbation de la Confession de foi des églises réformées de France, mai 1559’, Études théologiques et religieuses, forthcoming.

– ‘«Imprimée de différentes manières»: The Gallican Confession and its First Printed Editions (1559?-1561)’, Zwingliana 46 (2019), forthcoming.

– ‘Between Paris and Geneva: Some Remarks on the Approval of the Gallican Confession (May 1559), Journal of Early Modern Christianity 5/2 (November 2018), 197-219.

– ‘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.

Papers presented at conferences and seminars (selection)

– ‘Regal Power and Political Sedition in Enrico Caterino Davila’s Historia delle guerre civili di Francia’, panel Wars of Religion / The Religions of War, European Academy of Religion Annual Conference 2019 (Bologna, 6 March 2019), invited paper.

– ‘Of Coded Language and Ornate Letters: Reassessing the Approval and Disclosure of the Gallican Confession (1559-1561)’, Interdisciplinary Practices and Epistemic Transfer in the Reformation Period: Case Studies, workshop “Episteme in Bewegung. Wissenstransfer von der alten Welt bis in die frühe Neuzeit” (Freie Universität Berlin, 7 December 2018), invited paper.

– ‘«Ce spectacle est bien propre à instruire ceux qui le considèrent de sens froid»: Enrico Caterino Davila and his Historia delle guerre civili di Francia’, colloque international Se souvenir des guerres de religion / Remembering the French Wars of Religion (Institut Protestant de Théologie, Montpellier, 7 September 2018).

– ‘Beyond Catechisms and Calvin’s Institutio: Pierre Viret (1511-1571) and the Exposition familiere as an Educational Literary Genre’, Reformation and Education: Eighth Annual RefoRC Conference (Wydział ‘Artes Liberales’, Uniwersytet Warszawski, 25 May 2018).

– ‘Le ministère réformé et la construction de l’identité religieuse des huguenots de France, c.1555–1572’, journée d’étude Controverse, engagement, identité. Nouvelles recherches sur le protestantisme au XVIe siècle (Institut Protestant de Théologie, Paris, 17 March 2018), invited paper.

– ‘Between Cateau-Cambrésis and the Treaty of the Pyrenees, 1559-1659: A Century of Religious Accommodation and raison d’état in the Kingdom of France’, panel 1618-2018: The Wars of Religion as a Historical Issue in the Fourth Centenary of the Thirty Years’ War, European Academy of Religion Annual Conference 2018 (Bologna, 6 March 2018), 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, Paris, 6 December 2014), invited paper.