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O'Banion, Patrick

Associate Professor, History
School of Humanities - History

Butler Hall 207
(636) 949 4304


Patrick J. O’Banion is an historian of early modern Europe and has taught at Lindenwood since 2009.  He earned a doctorate in history from St Louis University, Master of Arts degrees in history and historical theology from Northwestern University and Westminster Seminary California, and a bachelor’s degree in history from the University of California, San Diego. 


He has held fellowships from the Fulbright Foundation, the American Council of Learned Societies, American Historical Association, the Andrew W. Melon Foundation, and the University of St Andrews.  His research focuses on religious life in early modern Europe.  He has published articles in the Journal of Ecclesiastical History, Journal of Medieval History, Archiv für Reformationsgeschichte, Renaissance et Réforme, Church History, Nederlands Archief voor Kerkgeschiedenis, and the Sixteenth Century Journal.  His first book, Sacramental Confession and Religious Life in Early Modern Spain, was published in 2012.  He is currently writing about a religiously mixed community of baptized Muslims (moriscos) and Christians in the early modern Castilian town of Deza.


Dr. O’Banion teaches a survey course on the history early modern Europe and general education courses in World History each semester.  In the fall he directs majors in the department’s Historical Methods course and in the spring he teaches Church and State in Early Modern Europe.


James K. Cameron Faculty Fellow - Reformation Studies Institute, University of St. Andrews (2012-13).
Lindenwood University President's Scholar-Teacher Award (2011-12).
Thomas P. Neill Prize, St. Louis University (2008-9).
Andrew W. Mellon Foundation / American Council of Learned Societies Dissertation Completion Fellowship (2007-8).
American Historical Association Bernadotte Schmitt Grant for Research in European, African, or Asian History (Summer 2007).
Fulbright Fellowship, Madrid, Spain (2006-7).
Grant, Spain's Ministry of Culture (2005-6).
H. Henry Meeter Center for Calvin Studies Research Fellowship (2005).

Selected Lectures


“Practicing Taqiyya: Moriscos, Dissimulation, and Daily Life in Castile,” Ideology vs. Practice in the Early Modern Iberian World, University of Kansas (February 28, 2014).
"Mystery, Magic, and Archival Mayhem in an Early Modern Spanish Town," History & Geography Forum, Lindenwood University (October 24, 2013).
"The Moriscos of Deza: Sacramental Confession and Community Life in Early Modern Spain," Reformation Studies Institute, University of St. Andrews (February 14, 2013).
"From Granada to Lepanto: Spanish Crusading and the Spanish State in the Fifteenth and Sixteenth Centuries," Center for the Study of the Middle Ages, Birmingham University (January 30, 2013).
"How to Use the Doctrine of God: The Application of Theology in Jerome Zanchi's De natura Dei (1577)," H. Henry Meeter Center for Calvin Studies, Calvin College, Grand Rapids, MI (September 28, 2005).

Selected Publications

The Sacrament of Penance and Religious Life in Early Modern Spain (Penn State, 2012).
"The Crusading State: The Expedition for the Spanish Cruzada Indulgence from Trent to Lepanto," The Sixteenth Century Journal 44 (2013): 97-114.
"Only the King Can Do It: Adaptation and Flexibility in Crusade Ideology in Sixteenth Century Spain," Church History 81 (2012): 552-74.
"For the Defense of the Faith? The Crusading Indulgence in Early Modern Spain," Archive for Reformation History 101 (2010): 164-185.
"What has Iberia to do with Jerusalem? Crusade and the Spanish Route to the Holy Land in the Twelfth Century," Journal of Medieval History 34 (2008): 383-95.
"The Pastoral Use of the Book of Revelation in Late Tudor England," Journal Ecclesiastical History 57 (2006): 693-710.
"Jerome Zanchi, the Application of Theology, and the Rise of the English Practical Divinity Tradition," Renaissance and Reformation 29.2-3 (2005): 97-120.
"'A Priest Who Appears Good': Manuals of Confession and the Construction of Clerical Identity in Early Modern Spain," Dutch Review of Church History 85 (2005): 333-48.


 “Feudal Oaths in a Feuding Town: Possession Ceremonies on the Castilian Border,” Symposium on Medieval and Renaissance Studies, St. Louis, MO (June 17, 2015). 
“Doing Time and Staying Tough: Life in Cuenca’s Secret Jails in the Early Seventeenth Century,” Symposium on Medieval and Renaissance Studies, St. Louis, MO (June 17, 2014).
"Letters from Prison: Incarcerated Moriscos on the Eve of the Expulsion in Early Modern Spain," Symposium on Medieval and Renaissance Studies, St. Louis, MO (June 19, 2013).
"Voices of Authority: The Counter-Reformation in a Castilian Town," Society for Reformation Studies, Cambridge, UK (April 4, 2013).
"Publishing and Processing the Cruzada in the Cities of Early Modern Spain," Sixteenth Century Studies Conference, Fort Worth, TX (October 29, 2011).
"Justifying the Crusade Indulgence in Early Modern Spain," The Forty-Sixth International Congress on Medieval Studies, Kalamazoo, MI (May 12, 2011).
"The Crusading State: The Expedition for the Spanish Cruzada Indulgence from Trent to Lepanto," Pre-Modern Spanish Historical Association of the Midwest, West Lafayette, IN (March 12, 2011).
"The Cruzada after the Council: Post-Tridentine Negotiations for the Spanish Crusading Bull," Crusades: Medieval Worlds in Conflict: The Second International Symposium on Crusades Studies, St. Louis University, St. Louis, MO (October 24, 2008).
"Sacramental Confession and the Laity in Castilian Spain," Sixteenth Century Studies Conference, Minneapolis, MN (October 27, 2007).
"The Bula de la Cruzada and the Continuity of Crusading Ideology in Early Modern Spain," Crusading at the Periphery of Europe: Crusades in the Iberian Peninsula and in the Baltic Region, Aalborg, Denmark (September 14, 2007).
"Para cumplir con la iglesia: La regulación de la confesión sacramental en el Arzobispo de Toledo durante el Siglo de Oro," Simposio de Becarios Fulbright en España, Madrid, Spain (May 17, 2007).

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