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Edwin Bezzina

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Dr. Edwin Bezzina, BA (Queen’s), MA, PhD (University of Toronto) 

Associate Professor​ (Historical Studies) - School of Arts and Social Science


Phone: (709) 637-2191

Website: http://www2.swgc.mun.ca/~ebezzina/

Research interests/expertise

  • Protestant-Catholic relations in Early Modern France
  • The use and design of databases
  • Residential urban mapping using ArcGIS
  • Reading Early Modern French manuscripts


Dr. Bezzina teaches in the areas of Early Modern Europe, the Atlantic World, and New France. 

Representative scholarly contributions

  • “The Practice of Ecclesiastical Discipline in the Huguenot Refugee Church of Amsterdam, 1650-1700.”  Eds. Karen E. Spierling, Erik A. de Boer, and R. Ward Holder.  Emancipating Calvin: Culture and Confessional Identity in Francophone Reformed Communities.  Leiden: Brill Publishers, 2018.  147-174.
  • “Urban Topography and Protestant-Catholic Dynamics in Loudun, 1560-1640.”  History Seminary Series, Department of History, Memorial University of Newfoundland, St. John’s Campus, 2019.

Current research projects and grants

Dr. Bezzina is working on a book project on Protestant-Catholic relations in the French provincial town of Loudun from ca.1560-ca.1640, during and after the French Wars of Religion.  For this project, he has completed a large database using MS Access and is currently working with ArcGIS for the mapping of residential patterns.  He has a published a number of articles on this town during this period.  Dr. Bezzina is also working on another research project involving a French Protestant refugee from Loudun who settled in Amsterdam in the later seventeenth century; this refugee author wrote an important book defending a Catholic priest falsely accused and executed for witchcraft (a well-known trial known as the Grandier Affair).  Thus far, Dr. Bezzina has written two articles on the French Protestant refugee community in Amsterdam and would like to write a monograph about the author, his work, and his context.

Chair, Historical Studies

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