The Reception of Continental Reformation in Britain

The Reception of European Reformation in Britain

Edited by Polly Ha and Patrick Collinson

(Oxford University Press, 2010)

This volume brings together reformation and reception studies by exploring the relationship between reformations on the European continent and in Britain.

The eleven essays shed new light on familiar associations, draw attention to under-explored relationships, and identify how British reception in turn contributed to continued reform on the continent. Different aspects of reception from biblical translation and book history to popular politics and theological polemic are addressed. The volume also prompts further questions regarding British integration and the perception (and invention) of England’s ‘exceptional’ status.

Polly Ha: Reformation and the Uses of Reception
Patrick Collinson: The Fog in the Channel Clears: The Rediscovery of the Continental Dimension to the British Reformation
Chapter 1
Bruce Gordon: The Authority of Antiquity: England and the Protestant Latin Bible
Chapter 2
Elisabeth Leedham-Green: Unreliable Witnesses
Chapter 3
John S. Craig: Erasmus or Calvin? The politics of book purchase in the early modern English parish
Chapter 4
Carl R. Trueman & Carrie Euler: The Reception of Martin Luther in Sixteenth- and Seventeenth-Century England
Chapter 5
Torrance Kirby: Peter Martyr Vermigli’s political theology and the Elizabethan Church
Chapter 6
Jane E. A. Dawson: John Knox, Christopher Goodman and the ‘Example of Geneva’
Chapter 7
Anthony Milton: The Church of England and the Palatinate, 1566-1642
Chapter 8
Nicholas Thompson: Martin Bucer and Early Seventeenth-Century Scottish Irenicism
Chapter 9
Howard Hotson: ‘A Reformation of Common Learning’: Educational reform in Reformed central Europe and its reception in the English-speaking world, c. 1642
Andrew Pettegree

“There are no weak essays here: all deserve their place…Certainly this book needs to be purchased or at least read by anyone with a keen interest in the European Reformation, not only because many of these essays build on previously published work, but also because the book itself is thought-provoking.”–Glen Bowman, Church History

“This volume contributes to that scholarly movement of thought by rediscovering the Continental dimensions of the Reformations in Britain … All most enlightening, reminding us of the ‘strange death of Lutheran England’ and the clear shift after Edward VI to a more Reformed version of Protestantism that characterised the settled state of the Church here in this formative period.” — Dr Lee Gatiss

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