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Christianity and Community in the West

Essays for John Bossy, 1st Edition

Edited by Simon Ditchfield


360 pages

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How did Christians in early modern Western Europe express their sense of community? This book explores the various ways in which religious identities were defined, developed and defended - within both Protestant and Roman Catholic contexts, in England and on the Continent - over a period vital for the history of Christianity. As such it will be of interest not only to historians of religion but also to students of social and cultural history in general.


'… it well repays dipping into, and is skilfully reflective of its subjects work, interests and personality. Ditchfield and his team have done a difficult job well.' Archiv für Reformationsgeschichte '… an exceptional collection of original essays, each one of a very high academic standard and together forming a fascinating study of the complex relationship between religion (…) and social change… The volume is excellent… It shows a genuine commitment to details and to fact… It should be read by all engaged in history or the study of Christianity as a concrete reality.' Colloquium 'In its rich development of the fundamental themes of Bossy's erudite corpus of historical scholarship, this volume is a worthy tribute to a brilliant historian.' Sixteenth Century Journal 'Most every historian of Christianity will find something of interest here… this book is a must.' Religious Studies Review '… valuable for understanding how communities functioned in real practice and over time.' Renaissance Quarterly 'This carefully edited volume is graced with a select bibliography of Bossy's writings and a personal reminiscence by Peter Jupp, a touch so often lacking in many bone-dry Festschriften aiming for scholarly immortality by entombing the recipient in the mausoleum of dessicated writing. There is deep learning and warm personal moments in this collection, which helps to illuminate a life of scholarship that continues to exert its wide influence.' Journal of Ecclesiastical History

Table of Contents

Contents: Introduction, Simon Ditchfield; Cathar peacemaking, Peter Biller; Contrasting cults: St Cuthbert of Durham and St Thomas of Canterbury in the 15th century, Barrie Dobson; Three Suffolk pieces, Colin Richmond; Guilds, purgatory and the cult of saints: Westlake reconsidered, Ken Farnhill; A Yorkshire religious house and its hinterland: Monk Bretton Priory in the 16th century, Claire Cross; The conservative voice in the English Reformation, Eamon Duffy; Bibles to ballads: some pictorial migrations in the Reformation, Margaret Aston; Merry England on the ropes: the contested culture of the early modern town, Patrick Collinson; All people that on earth do dwell. Sing to the Lord with cheerful voice: Protestantism and music in early modern England, Ian Green; The Black Legend of the Jesuits: an essay in the history of social stereotypes, Peter Burke; An early Christian school of sanctity in Tridentine Rome, Simon Ditchfield; Science and the theological imagination in the 17th century: baptism and the origins of the individual, Adriano Prosperi; Observations on Christian feasts and their histories, Jean-Louis Flandrin; Richard Mead’s communities of belief in 18th-century London, Ludmilla Jordanova; Church, community and culture in rural England, 1850-1900: J. C. Atkinson in the parish of Danby in Cleveland, William Sheils; St Francis and modern English sentiment, Mary Heimann; John Bossy: a personal appreciation, Peter Jupp; Select bibliography of the writings of John Bossy, Ken Farnhill; Index.

About the Series

St Andrews Studies in Reformation History

With the publication of its 100th book in 2012, the St Andrews Studies in Reformation Studies series celebrated an impressive publishing achievement. Since its establishment in 1995 the series has consistently offered high-quality, innovative and thought-provoking research in the field of early modern religious history. By encouraging authors to adopt a broad and inclusive interpretation of ’Reformation’, the resultant publications have done much to help shape current interdisciplinary interpretations of early-modern religion, expanding attention far beyond narrow theological concerns. Each title within the series has added to a body of international research showing how the ripples of the Reformation spread to virtually every corner of European society, both Protestant and Catholic, and often beyond. From family life, education, literature, music, art and philosophy, to political theory, international relations, economics, colonial ventures, science and military matters, there were few aspects of life that remained untouched in some way by the spirit of religious reform. As well as widening conceptions of the Reformation, the series has for the last fifteen years provided a publishing outlet for work, much of it by new and up-and-coming scholars who might otherwise have struggled to find an international platform for their work. Alongside these monographs, a complementary selection of edited volumes, critical editions of important primary sources, bibliographical studies and new translations of influential Reformation works previously unavailable to English speaking scholars, adds further depth to the topic. By offering this rich mix of approaches and topics, the St Andrews series continues to offer scholars an unparalleled platform for the publication of international scholarship in a dynamic and often controversial area of historical study.

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HISTORY / General