Skip to ContentSkip to Navigation
Research The Groningen Research Institute for the Study of Culture (ICOG) News

ICOG member David van der Linden receives two prestigious article awards

05 November 2018

On 2 November 2018, Dr David van der Linden, post-doctoral researcher and lecturer at the University of Groningen, received two prestigious awards from the Sixteenth Century Society, both for his article “Memorializing the Wars of Religion in Early Seventeenth-Century French Picture Galleries: Protestants and Catholics Painting the Contested Past,” published in Renaissance Quarterly in 2017 (volume 70, issue 1). The article is now available in open access.

David was awarded the Nancy Lyman Roelker Prize for the best article published in English on sixteenth-century French history, as well as the Harold J. Grimm Prize for the best article that reflects and sustains Grimm’s lifelong search for a broad understanding of the Reformation as a fundamentally religious phenomenon which permeated the whole civilization of Europe in the Reformation era.

The article examines a series of purpose-built picture galleries to understand how Protestant and Catholic elites in early seventeenth-century France remembered the Wars of Religion. It demonstrates that postwar France remained a divided nation: Protestant and Catholic portrait galleries offered a sectarian memory of the conflict, glorifying party heroes. Historical picture galleries, on the other hand, promoted a shared memory of the wars, focusing on King Henry IV’s successful campaign against the Catholic League to unite the kingdom. The article argues that postwar elites made a sincere effort to manage religious tensions by allowing partisan memories to circulate in private while promoting a consensual memory in public.

David will be using the prize money to complete his archival research in France. He is currently preparing a book manuscript titled Divided by Memory: Remembering the Wars of Religion in Early Modern France, which examines how conflicting Protestant and Catholic memories about the French Wars of Religion undermined religious coexistence and re-ignited civil conflict.

For further information, please visit, or follow @dcvanderlinden on Twitter. More information on both prizes is available at and

Last modified:07 August 2020 08.26 a.m.

More news

  • 16 April 2024

    UG signs Barcelona Declaration on Open Research Information

    In a significant stride toward advancing responsible research assessment and open science, the University of Groningen has officially signed the Barcelona Declaration on Open Research Information.

  • 02 April 2024

    Flying on wood dust

    Every two weeks, UG Makers puts the spotlight on a researcher who has created something tangible, ranging from homemade measuring equipment for academic research to small or larger products that can change our daily lives. That is how UG...

  • 18 March 2024

    VentureLab North helps researchers to develop succesful startups

    It has happened to many researchers. While working, you suddenly ask yourself: would this not be incredibly useful for people outside of my own research discipline? There are many ways to share the results of your research. For example, think of a...