Flynn Cratty

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I am a PhD candidate in European history with a focus on the religious, cultural, and intellectual history of early modern France and England.  My dissertation, “Why Pray?: The Lord’s Prayer and the Nature of Religious Change in Early Modern France and England,” maps the ways late medieval theologies and practices of prayer fragmented and evolved during the early modern period.  The assumption undergirding my dissertation is that prayer is applied world view.  In other words, the way early modern people thought about and practiced prayer reveals how they viewed their relationship to God, their neighbors, and the natural world.  Everyone talked to God in early modern Europe.  By mapping changes in prayer, historians can explore the changing meaning of early modern religion itself.  I focus particularly on the Lord’s Prayer, Christianity’s universal devotional text and probably the most widely known set of words in early modern Europe.
I was born and raised in Los Angeles, but have been on the East Coast since beginning at Duke University in 2000.  During the 2015-16 academic year, I am conducting archival research in Paris and London on a MacMillan Center Fellowship.  I have a secondary interest in American religious history and worked for three years as Curatorial Intern for African Art at the Yale University Art Gallery.  I am happy to talk about my research or my experience at Yale.