Indulgences have been synymous with corruption in the Catholic Church ever since Martin Luther nailed his ninety-five theses to the church door in Wittenberg in 1517. Tingle explores the nature and evolution of indulgences in the Counter Reformation and how they were used as a powerful tool of personal and institutional reform.
Elizabeth C Tingle is Head of School & Associate Dean of Humanities and Performing Arts at the University of Plymouth. Her research interests include the wars of religion in France, 1550-1600 and Catholic and Counter Reformation piety in France and Spain, 1500-1700. She was awarded a Leverhulme Research Fellowship in 2013.