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Juan Luis Vives and Thomas More

Humanism and Anglo-Spanish Cultural Relations in the Sixteenth Century

The lives and interactions between Juan Luis Vives and Thomas More
Friday 13th February 2015, 10.00 am – 6.00 pm
Institute of Historical Research, Senate House, London

vives_moro_0This day conference, supported by the Spanish Embassy in London, coincides with a major exhibition in Valencia on the lives and the interactions between two central figures in English and Spanish life in the early sixteenth century, the humanists Sir Thomas More and Juan Luis Vives. More was successively a lawyer, MP, councillor to Henry VIII, and Lord Chancellor whose opposition to the English
Reformation led to his execution for treason. Vives, born in Valencia into a Jewish family which had suffered at the hands of the Inquisition, came to England in the 1520s to be tutor to Princess Mary (later Queen Mary Tudor), and resided for some time in Oxford. He wrote extensively on psychology, medicine and education. The two men shared opinions,outlooks and approaches and Vives spent time at More’s home in Chelsea in 1526. This conference will examine their friendship and collaboration in the wider context of sixteenth-century humanism and Anglo-Spanish relations.

Speakers will include:

  • Professor. Eamon Duffy, Magdalene College, Cambridge: ‘Thomas More and the strange death of Erasmian England’
  • Professor. Glyn Redworth, Faculty of History, University of Oxford: ‘Diplomatic and Cultural Relations between England and Spain in the early sixteenth century’
  • Professor. Rosa Duval (Queen Mary University, London): ‘Vives and the Inquisition’
  • Professor. Bethany Aram, Dept. of Geography, History and Philosophy, UPO, Seville: ‘Juan Luis Vives and the Education of a Christian Princess, 1485-1554’
  • Professor Enrique Garcia Hernan, Institute of History, Spanish National Research Council: ‘Thomas More and Spain’.
  • Professor. Igor Pérez Tostado, UPO, Seville: ‘English Martyrdom in Spanish politics at the end of the Tudor period’

The conference will also include 3 short films made to illustrate the exhibition Spain and England: Juan Luis Vives and Thomas More, Centre Del Carmen, Valencia, November 2014-January 2015

For programme and registration details, visit the conference website at or download below: