This event explores the problems and challenges of writing historical biography, ranging from questions of context and human agency, to issues of interpretation and presentation. As authors of two recent best-selling biographies of Empress Maria Theresa and the reformer Martin Luther, Barbara Stollberg-Rilinger (University of Munster) and Lyndal Roper (University of Oxford) will discuss how they tackled these and other issues. Their two short papers will be followed by general discussion.
This event will be chaired by Peter Wilson (University of Oxford).
Lunch will be provided after the event.