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Peter Stanford: Martin Luther - Catholic Dissident

Peter Stanford: Martin Luther - Catholic Dissident

On Wednesday 14 June at 7pm, we will welcome Peter Stanford to St Peter’s School, to deliver a lecture entitled 'Martin Luther - Catholic Dissident', as part of the York Festival of Ideas.

Martin Luther - Catholic Dissident

A new appraisal of theological firebrand Martin Luther, on the 500th anniversary of the religious revolution he triggered - the Protestant Reformation. Peter Stanford will consider Luther’s aims for Catholicism, his enduring legacy - and where he might fit within the modern church.

Tickets for the lecture are free and are available on our Eventbrite page. If you have any enquiries or accessibility requirements please telephone us on 01904 527315 or email

Please either print off your ticket or display it to us on your smartphone or tablet on the evening.

About the speaker

Peter Stanford

Peter Stanford is a writer, journalist and broadcaster. His books include biographies of the Labour Cabinet minister and penal reformer, Lord Longford; the Poet Laureate, C Day-Lewis; Bronwen Astor; and Cardinal Basil Hume.

His writings on the history, theology and cultural significance of religious ideas range from The Devil: A BiographyHeaven: A Traveller's GuideThe She-Pope: The Legend of Pope Joan to Catholics and SexThe Extra Mile, a look at pilgrimage in the 21st century, How To Read a Graveyard and Judas: The Troubling History of the Renegade Apostle. His books have been translated into eleven languages. His latest book, published by Hodder & Stoughton on March 16, 2017, is Martin Luther: Catholic Dissident.

A former editor of the Catholic Herald (1988-1992), he writes features for the Daily and Sunday Telegraph titles and is a columnist in the Tablet and Third Sector magazines.

He has presented television and radio documentaries including the award-winning Channel 4 series, Catholics and Sex, BBC 1's The She Pope, Channel 5's The Mission and has appeared as a regular panelist on the BBC's The Moral MazeVice or Virtue? and FutureWatch. He was one of the BBC commentary team for the papal visit to Britain in 2010. His biography of Lord Longford was the basis for Channel 4's 2006 multi-award winning drama, Longford