The Beginnings of English Protestantism / Edition 1

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"Recent studies of the English Reformation have tended either to emphasise the vitality of traditional religious culture, or to shift the focus to the reigns of Elizabeth and the early Stuarts. As a result the men and women who once seemed central to the story - those who became Protestants in the early and middle decades of the sixteenth century - have tended to be marginalised." This collection of essays by nine leading British and American scholars draws attention back to the critical early years, and to the importance of the evangelical movement in the making of England's religious revolution. By considering themes such as conversion and martyrdom, gender and authority, printing and propaganda, and the long shadow of medieval religious culture, the authors show early English Protestantism to have been a complex and many-headed movement. Rather than assuming the onward march of Protestantism, the essays reveal the unpredictable and deeply contested process by which an English Protestant identity came to be formed.
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Editorial Reviews

Focusing on the early years of the Reformation under Henry VIII, Edward VI, and Mary I, nine scholars from the UK and the U.S. examine the establishment and growth of the movement which became English Protestantism. Specific themes addressed include conversion and martyrdom, political and polemical engagement and activism, printing and propaganda, rethinking of social and gender roles, and the identification and elimination of dissent. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (
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"This collection appeals not only to the Tudor specialist, but also to readers of social and religious history. But the greatest recommendation for The Beginnings of English Protestantism is that it serves as a vital counterpoint to the recent trends of revisionist history, illustrating the strength and depth of early English evangelism alongside the celebrated continuance of traditional religion." Janice Liedl, Laurentian University, Canadian Journal of History

"This is a superb collection of essays, opening up a number of new avenues for exploring the spiritual foundations of the English Reformation." Norman Jones, Utah State University, Anglican and Episcopal History

"...serious students of the sixteenth century will deepen their understanding of the early English Reformation by careful study of one or more of these essays." Albion

"A valuable and highly recommended addition to the literature on Germany's role in the outbreak of World War I." H-GERMAN

"Throws needed light on the crucial period of early Reformation history." H-NET

"[A] valuable study." Bibliotheque d'Humanisme & Renaissance

"...a stimulating and valuable resource for advanced students and scholars of the English reformations." History

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780521003247
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press
  • Publication date: 5/28/2007
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 256
  • Product dimensions: 5.98 (w) x 8.98 (h) x 0.55 (d)

Meet the Author

Peter Marshall is Senior Lecturer in History, University of Warwick. His previous books are The Catholic Priesthood and the English Reformation (Oxford, 1994); (ed.), The Impact of the English Reformation 1500–1640 (London 1997); (co-ed with Bruce Gordon) The Place of the Dead: Death and Remembrance in Late Medieval and Early Modern Europe (Cambridge, 2000).

Alec Ryrie is Lecturer in Modern History, University of Birmingham. He has published articles in Bruce Gordon (ed), Protestant History and Identity (Aldershot, 1996) and David Loades (ed), John Foxe: an Historical Perspective (Aldershot, 1999). Articles forthcoming in The Journal of Ecclesiastical History (2002). D.Phil thesis, Oxford 2000.

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Table of Contents

List of illustrations
Notes on contributors
List of abbreviations
Introduction: Protestantisms and their beginnings 1
1 Evangelical conversion in the reign of Henry VIII 14
2 The friars in the English Reformation 38
3 Clement Armstrong and the godly commonwealth: radical religion in early Tudor England 60
4 Counting sheep, counting shepherds: the problem of allegiance in the English Reformation 84
5 Sanctified by the believing spouse: women, men and the marital yoke in the early Reformation 111
6 Dissenters from a dissenting Church: the challenge of the Freewillers 1550-1558 129
7 Printing and the Reformation: the English exception 157
8 John Day: master printer of the English Reformation 180
9 Night schools, conventicles and churches: continuities and discontinuities in early Protestant ecclesiology 209
Index 236
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