The Beginnings of English Protestantism

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This collection of essays examines the traumatic religious upheavals of early- and mid-sixteenth century England from the point of view of the early Protestants, a group which has been seriously neglected by recent scholarship. Leading British and American scholars re-examine early Protestantism, arguing that it was a complex movement which could have evolved in a number of directions. They explore its approach to issues of gender roles, the place of printing and print culture, and the ways in which Protestantism...

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Overview

This collection of essays examines the traumatic religious upheavals of early- and mid-sixteenth century England from the point of view of the early Protestants, a group which has been seriously neglected by recent scholarship. Leading British and American scholars re-examine early Protestantism, arguing that it was a complex movement which could have evolved in a number of directions. They explore its approach to issues of gender roles, the place of printing and print culture, and the ways in which Protestantism continued to be influenced by medieval religious culture.

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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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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 (booknews.com)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780521802741
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press
  • Publication date: 6/1/2002
  • Pages: 256
  • Product dimensions: 5.98 (w) x 8.98 (h) x 0.63 (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 Peter Marshall and Alec Ryrie; 1. Evangelical conversion in the reign of Henry VIII Peter Marshall; 2. The friars in the English Reformation Richard Rex; 3. Clement Armstrong and the godly commonwealth: radical religion in early Tudor England Ethan H. Shagan; 4. Counting sheep, counting shepherds: the problem of allegiance in the English Reformation Alec Ryrie; 5. Sanctified by the believing spouse: women, men and the marital yoke in the early Reformation Susan Wabuda; 6. Dissenters from a dissenting Church: the challenge of the Freewillers, 1550-1558 Thomas Freeman; 7. Printing and the Reformation: the English exception Andrew Pettegree; 8. John Day: master printer of the English Reformation John N. King; 9. Night schools, conventicles and churches: continuities and discontinuities in early Protestant ecclesiology Patrick Collinson; Index.

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