The Uses of Reform: 'Godly Discipline' and Popular Behavior in Scotland and Beyond, 1560-1610

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The Uses of Reform is a study of the Reformation as a movement for behavioral reform, concentrating on Scotland during the first fifty years (1560-1610) of its Reformation as a primary example.
The opening chapters trace the development of "Godly Discipline" as part of the European-wide reform movement. Graham follows this general narrative with a study of the creation and implementation of a disciplinary system in Scotland. Finally, he compares disciplinary practices in the Scottish Church with those of the Huguenot communities of France.
Looking closely at the proceedings of church courts which enforced regulations concerning behavior, Graham paints a picture of the Reformation as a social process. This book, the first of its kind in the historiography of the Scottish Reformation, explores how Reformed protestantism affected local communities and redefined relationships.

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Winner of the 1997 Roland Bainton Prize, awarded by the Sixteenth Century Studies Conference.
Concentrates on Scotland during the first fifty years of its Reformation to explore how Reformed Protestantism affected local communities and redefined relationships. Traces the development of "Godly Discipline" as part of the European-wide reform movement, details the creation and implementation of a disciplinary system in Scotland, and compares disciplinary practices in the Scottish Church with those of the Huguenot communities of France. Annotation c. by Book News, Inc., Portland, Or.
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Michael F. Graham, Ph.D. (1993) in History, University of Virginia, is an Assistant Professor of History at the University of Akron. He has published several articles and essays on Scottish Reformation history.

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Table of Contents

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Introduction 1
1 The Foundations of Reformed Discipline 4
2 "The Face of a Church Amanges Us" - The Institution of Reformed Discipline in Scotland 28
3 The Practice of Reformed Social Discipline in Scotland, 1559-1581 73
4 The Creation of the Presbyterian System 130
5 The Operations of the Presbyteries, 1581-1610 163
6 The Disciplinary Net Widens, 1582-1610 204
7 Equality Before the Kirk? Reformed Discipline and the Elite 259
8 Reformed Discipline and Social Issues: Sexuality, Conflict and Witchcraft 280
9 An Alternative Development: Reformed Social Discipline Among the Huguenots 309
Conclusion: The Uses of Reform 345
Bibliography 349
Index 362
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