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Professor Ole Peter Grell

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Profile summary

  • Professor of Early Modern History
  • Faculty of Arts & Social Sciences
  • School of Hist, Rel St, Soc, SP&C
  • History
  • o.p.grell

Professional biography

Educated in Denmark I hold a doctorate from the European University Institute in Florence (1983). I joined the History Department of the Open University in 1999 after nearly 15 years at the University of Cambridge. I am Professor of Early Modern History and was Director of the Renaissance and Early Modern Research Group at the OU from 2001 to 2008.

Research interests

I am primarily interested in European social and cultural history in the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries. I work on early modern European Calvinism, Anglo-Dutch relations, and the Reformation of northern Europe. I retain a strong interest in early modern history of medicine, especially medicine and religion, health care, and the significance of natural philosophy for early modern medicine. I am a General Editor of the Series: History of Medicine in Context, published by Ashgate.

Select Publications:

Brethren in Christ. A Calvinist Network in reformation Europe, Cambridge University Press, August 2011.

Centres of Medical Excellence? Medical travel and medical education in Europe 1500-1789, eds. O.P.Grell et al., Ashgate, Aldershot 2010.

The Impact of the European Reformation: Princes, Clergy and People, eds. O. P. Grell and B. Heal, Ashgate, Aldershot 2008.

Medicine and Religion in Enlightenment Europe, eds. O P. Grell and A. Cunningham, Ashgate, Aldershot 2007.

Health Care and Poor Relief in 18th and 19th–century Southern Europe, eds. O. P. Grell et al., Ashgate, Aldershot 2005.

Health Care and Poor Relief in 18th and 19th–century Northern Europe, eds. O. P. Grell et al., Ashgate, Aldershot 2002.

The Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse: Religion, War, Famine and Death in Reformation Europe, co-written with A. Cunningham, Cambridge University Press 2000, 2001, and 2002.

Toleration in Enlightenment Europe, eds. O. P. Grell and Roy Porter, Cambridge University Press 2000.

Paracelsus. The Man and his Reputation, his Ideas and their Transformations, ed. O P. Grell, Brill, Leiden 1998.

Teaching interests

I have contributed to a wide range of modules from Level 1 to 3 (for example A200: Exploring History: Medieval to Modern 1400-1900; A218: Medicine and Society in Europe, 1500-1930; and A326: Empire) to the history MA which I chaired through production. I am currently chairing A218 and am a course team member of A200 which I have previously chaired.

Research Activity

Research groups

NameTypeParent Unit
History of Medicine Research GroupGroupFaculty of Arts

Publications

From popular, evangelical movement to Lutheran Reformation in Denmark. A case of two reformations (2011)
Grell, O. P.
Archiv für Reformationsgeschichte, 102 (pp. 33-58)
The creation of a transnational, Calvinist network and it's significance for Calvinist identity and interaction in early modern Europe (2009-10)
Grell, Ole Peter
European Review of History, 16(5) (pp. 619-634)
The Reformation in Norway: a political and religious takeover (2005)
Grell, Ole
Nordost-Archiv. Zeitschrift fuer Regionalgeschichte, 8(2004) (pp. 121-134)
From God to Devil: self-presentation and performance by early modern physicians and surgeons (2001)
Grell, Ole Peter
Ludica, annali di storia e civilta del gioco, 5-6(2000) (pp. 127-143)
Brethren in Christ. A Calvinist Network in Reformation Europe (2011-08-22)
Grell, Ole Peter
ISBN : 978-1-107-00881-6 | Publisher : Cambridge University Press | Published : Cambridge
The Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse : Religion, War, Famine and Death in reformation Europe (2000-02)
Cunningham, Andrew and Grell, Ole
ISBN : 9780521467018 | Publisher : Cambridge University Press | Published : Cambridge
The Creation of a Calvinist identity in the Reformation Period (2016-02-18)
Grell, Ole Peter
In: Ingesman, Per ed. Religion as an Agent of Change. Brill's Series in Church History and Religious Culture (72) (pp. 149-165)
ISBN : 9789004303720 | Publisher : Brill | Published : Leiden
The significance of the Reformation for natural philosophy, medicine and astronomy (2014-02-18)
Grell, Ole Peter
In: Waschke, E. J. ed. Spurenlese. Wirkungen der Reformation auf Wissenschaft und Bildung, Universität und Schule. Leucorea-Studien zur Geschichte der Reformation und der Lutherischen Orthodoxie (22) (pp. 193-210)
ISBN : 978-3-374-03623-3 | Publisher : Evangelische Verlagsanstalt GmbH | Published : Leipzig
"Like the bees, who neither suck nor generate their honey from one flower": the significance of the peregrinatio academica for Danish medical students of the late sixteenth and early seventeenth centuries (2010)
Grell, Ole
In: Grell, Ole Peter; Cunningham, Andrew and Arrizabalaga, Jon eds. Centres of Medical Excellence? Medical Travel and Education in Europe 1500-1789. History of Medicine in Context (pp. 171-189)
ISBN : 978-0-7546-66-99-8 | Publisher : Ashgate | Published : Aldershot
Social crisis and spiritual renewal: The reformation and attempts to solve the growing problems of poverty, migration and vagrancy in the Sixteenth Century (2009)
Grell, Ole Peter
In: Dahlerup, Troels and Ingesman, Per eds. New Approaches to the History of late medieval and early mdern history. Historisk-Filosofiske Meddelelser (104) (pp. 416-444)
ISBN : 978-87-7304-338-7 | Publisher : The Royal Danish Academy of Sciences and Letters | Published : Copenhagen
In search of true knowledge: Ole Worm (1588-1654) and the New Philosophy (2008-05-23)
Grell, Ole Peter
In: Smith, Pamela H. and Schmidt, Benjamin eds. Making Knowledge in Early Modern Europe: Practices, Objects and Texts 1400-1800 (pp. 214-232)
ISBN : 9780226763286 | Publisher : Chicago University Press | Published : Chicago, USA
Peder Palladius og eskatologien (2008)
Grell, Ole Peter
In: Jensen, Carsten Selch and Nielsen, Lauge O. eds. Kirkehistorier (pp. 159-174)
ISBN : 978-87-7457-432-3 | Publisher : Anis | Published : Copenhagen
Between anatomy and religion: The conversions to Catholicism of the two Danish anatomists Nicolaus Steno and Jacob Winslow (2007-09)
Grell, Ole Peter
In: Grell, Ole Peter and Cunningham, Andrew eds. Medicine and religion in Enlightenment Europe. The history of medicine in context (pp. 205-222)
ISBN : 978 0 7546 5638 8 | Publisher : Ashgate | Published : Aldershot
Faith and early modern ways of making sense of natural disasters (2007)
Grell, Ole
In: Stock, Angela and Stott, Cornelia eds. Representing the unimaginable: narratives of disaster (pp. 25-42)
ISBN : 978-3-631-55673-3 | Publisher : Peter Lang | Published : New York, USA
A journey of body and soul: the significance of the hospitals in southern, Catholic Europe for John Howard's views of health care and the creation of the utopian hospital (2005-06-22)
Grell, Ole Peter
In: Grell, Ole Peter; Cunningham, Andrew and Roeck, Bernd eds. Health care and poor relief in 18th and 19th Century Southern Europe. History of medicine in context (pp. 289-318)
ISBN : 754651568 | Publisher : Ashgate | Published : Aldershot, UK
Raphael Thorius (2004-09-30)
Grell, Ole Peter
In: Matthew, H.C.G. and Harrison, Brian eds. Oxford Dictionary of Biography
ISBN : 019861411X | Publisher : Oxford University Press in association with the British Academy | Published : Oxford, UK
Cesar Calandrini (2004-09-23)
Grell, Ole Peter
In: Matthew, H.C.G. and Harrison, Brian eds. Oxford Dictionary of National Biography
ISBN : 019861411X | Publisher : Oxford University Press in association with the British Academy | Published : Oxford, UK
Dirick Hoste (2004-09-23)
Grell, Ole
In: Matthew, H.C.G. and Harrison, Brian eds. Dictionary of National Biography
ISBN : 019861411X | Publisher : Oxford University Press in association with the British Academy | Published : Oxford, UK
Jacob Cool (Ortelianus) (2004-09-23)
Grell, Ole Peter
In: Matthew, H.C.G. and Harrison, Brian eds. Oxford Dictionary of Biography
ISBN : 019861411X | Publisher : Oxford University Press in association with the British Academy | Published : Oxford, UK
John La Motte (2003-10-23)
Grell, Ole
In: Matthew, H.C.G. and Harrison, Brian eds. Dictionary of National Biography
ISBN : 019861411X | Publisher : Oxford University Press in association with the British Academy | Published : Oxford, UK
John Cruso (2003-09-23)
Grell, Ole Peter
In: Matthew, H.C.G. and Harrison, Brian eds. Oxford Dictionary of National Biography
ISBN : 019861411X | Publisher : Oxford University Press is association with the British Academy | Published : Oxford, UK
Baldwin Hamey (2003-09-23)
Grell, Ole Peter
In: Matthew, H.C.G. and Harrison, Brian eds. Oxford Dictionary of National Biography
ISBN : 019861411X | Publisher : Oxford University Press in association with the British Academy | Published : Oxford, UK
General themes: health care and poor relief in 18th and 19th century Northern Europe (2002-05)
Grell, Ole Peter and Cunningham, Andrew
In: Grell, Ole. Peter; Cunningham, Andrew and Jütte, Robert eds. Health care and poor relief in 18th and 19th century Northern Europe. The history of medicine in context
ISBN : 754602753 | Publisher : Ashgate | Published : Aldershot, UK
Vroomheid en wereldsheid: Johan Radermacher (1538-1617),een humanistisch koopman van de hervormde diaspora (2002)
Grell, Ole
In: Nederland in de wereld: Bronnen en essays. Horizonreeks: Instituut voor Nederlandse Geschiedenis (pp. 157-172)
ISBN : 9053527737 | Publisher : Boom | Published : Netherlands
Centres of Medical Excellence? Medical Travel and Education in Europe 1500-1789 (2010)
Grell, Ole Peter; Cunningham, Andrew and Arriabalaga, Jon
Grell, Ole Peter; Cunningham, Andrew and Arriabalaga, Jon eds.
History of Medicine in Context
ISBN : 978-0-7546-66-99-8 | Publisher : Ashgate | Published : Aldershot
The Impact of the European Reformation: Princes, Clergy and people (2008)
Grell, O.P. and Heal, B.
Heal, Bridget and Grell, Ole eds.
St. Andrews Studies in reformation History
ISBN : 978-0-7546-6212-9 | Publisher : Ashgate | Published : Aldershot
Medicine and Religion in Enlightenment Europe (2007)
Grell, Ole Peter and Cunningham, Andrew eds.
History of medicine in context
ISBN : 978 0 7546 5638 8 | Publisher : Ashgate Publishing Ltd | Published : Aldershot, UK
Health care and poor relief in 18th and 19th Century Southern Europe (2005-06)
Grell, Ole Peter; Cunningham, Andrew and Roeck, Bernd eds.
The History of medicine in context
ISBN : 754651568 | Publisher : Ashgate | Published : Aldershot, UK
Health care and poor relief in 18th and 19th Century Northern Europe (2002-05)
Grell, Ole Peter; Cunningham, Andrew and Jütte, Robert eds.
The History of medicine in context
ISBN : 754602753 | Publisher : Ashgate | Published : Aldershot, UK

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