Emeritus Professor Bruce Mansfield AM died on Saturday 9 September 2017.

Bruce was a founding figure in establishing the Journal of Religious History.  As John Gascoigne recalls in his paper, “The Journal of Religious History 1960–2010: The Changing Face of Religious History over Fifty Years’, Journal of Religious History 34.3 (2010), 262-271, Mansfield’s commitment to the notion of religious history reflected a broader interest in the history of mentalities, beyond a purely institutional understanding of religious history. His research interests in the early modern period, in particular in the image and reception of Erasmus, opened up new paths.

His continuing concern for the well-being of the Religious History Association gives cause for thanksgiving and celebration. May he rest in peace.

Constant Mews FAHA
President, Religious History Association



Dr Ruth Frappell
A long-term supporter of the Journal of Religious History and respected scholar, Ruth Frappell passed away at the Sydney Adventist Hospital on Sunday 31st July. Ruth will be remembered fondly.


Dear Friends,

It is with great sadness that I am writing to let you know of the death of Ruth Frappell at the age of 69. Ruth passed away on Sunday 31 July at the Sydney Adventist Hospital after a short illness.

Ruth was one of the strongest long-term supporters of the Journal of Religious History Association and played a key role in the negotiations which led to the foundation of the Religious History Association at the beginning of 2010. In 2011 she was made a Life Fellow of the Association in recognition of her services to religious history in Australia.

We will remember her fondly and with the deepest respect for her scholarship and contribution to our discipline.

Hilary Carey