Gianmarco Braghi

Affiliated researcher

Research interests

Synods of the Churches of and after the Reformation.

Education, academic and professional experience

Since the end of December 2021 he is Assistant Professor in History of Christianity and of Churches (M-STO/07) at the University of Palermo.
He is the coordinator of the Giuseppe Alberigo European School for Advanced Religious Studies and editor of volume VI of COGD: Conciliorum œcumenicorum generaliumque decretal series.
From November 2017 to December 2021, he held a senior fellowship at FSCIRE.
In the academic year of 2013-2014, he spent a semester in Paris and one in Geneva for research purposes. While in Geneva, he was hosted by the Institut d’Histoire de la Réformation (Université de Genève), which also granted him a bourse Georges et Pierre Regard.
During the academic year of 2014-2015, he was appointed member of the Trinity Long Room Hub Arts and Humanities Research Centre while he was working as a Teaching Assistant to dr. Graeme Murdock on the module Europe c.1500-c.1700: Power and Belief. After defending his thesis successfully, he was proclaimed Philosophiae Doctor in June 2016.
In summer 2012, he was awarded a three-year postgraduate studentship by the Irish Research Council (An Chomhairle um Thaighde in Éirinn), and in September 2012 he started his doctoral studies at the Department of History of Trinity College Dublin under the supervision of Dr. Graeme Murdock. His PhD thesis, entitled The Evolving Character of the French Reformed Movement, c.1555-c.1572, explored 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.
He studied at the University of Milan for both his Bachelor’s (History) and Master’s degrees (Early Modern History). His MA thesis, which he completed in spring 2012, was entitled The Ink War: Political and Religious Propaganda in France under the Reign of Charles IX Valois, 1560-1574, supervised by prof. Claudia di Filippo Bareggi and co-supervised by prof. Susanna Peyronel Rambaldi.

Featured publications


G. Braghi, The Emergence of Pastoral Authority in the French Reformed Church, c.1555-c.1572, Leiden, Brill, 2021.

G. Braghi, M. Alvarez González, S. Zuffi, Farnese. Duchi di Piacenza e di Parma, signori del Rinascimento e del Barocco, Milan, Skira, 2013.

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


G. Braghi, The Monsters of Gaul: The Implications of the Concordat of Bologna (1516) for French Episcopal Elections, «Cristianesimo nella storia» 42, 2 (2021), pp. 451-475.

G. Braghi, La Riforma nel Cinquecento e i suoi «eretici per tutti», «Nuova Secondaria» 37, 10 (2020), pp. 36-38.

G. Braghi, «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» 94, 3 (2019), pp. 427-449.

G. Braghi, «Imprimée de différentes manières»: The Gallican Confession and its First Printed Editions (1559?-1561), «Zwingliana» 46 (2019), pp. 45-72.

G. Braghi, Between Paris and Geneva: Some Remarks on the Approval of the Gallican Confession (May 1559), «Journal of Early Modern Christianity» 5, 2 (2018), pp. 197-219.

G. Braghi, 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 (2017), pp. 91-111.

G. Braghi, Riforma e censura sinodale nella Bassa Linguadoca del XVI secolo. Un documento ritrovato sul caso di Jean Mutonis, «Bibliothèque d’Humanisme et Renaissance» 77, 2 (2015), pp. 371-382.

G. Braghi, 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 (2014), pp. 303-321.

Volumes edited

He is co-editor of volumes 6 and 7 of Conciliorum Oecumenicorum Generaliumque Decreta (Corpus Christianorum), Synods of the Churches of and after the Reformation.


The Protestant Reformation in a Context of Global History: Religious Reforms and World Civilizations, eds. H. Schilling, S. Seidel Menchi, Bologna, Il Mulino, 2017, in «Cristianesimo nella storia» 41, 1 (2020), pp. 398-399.

Conferences, seminars and workshops

20 October 2019, Persecution, Fortitude, and Hope: A Forgotten French Reformed Consolation Pamphlet (Strasbourg, 1560), panel Analyzing the Art of Writing: Humanism, Historiography, Consolation, Sixteenth Century Society & Conference, St Louis, Missouri.

6 March 2019, 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, invited paper.

2018, Use and Study of Special Documents’, E-Review. Rivista degli Istituti Storici dell’Emilia Romagna in Rete (6/2018), The ReIReS Workshops,

7 December 2018, 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, Berlin, invited paper.

7 September 2018, «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.

25 May 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.

17 March 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, invited paper.

6 March 2018, 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, invited paper.

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