Frontiers of the Reformation: Dissidence and Orthodoxy in Sixteenth-Century Europe, 1st Edition (Hardback) book cover

Frontiers of the Reformation

Dissidence and Orthodoxy in Sixteenth-Century Europe, 1st Edition

By Auke Jelsma


216 pages

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In this fascinating collection, Auke Jelsma explores the byways and outer reaches of the Reformation: groups and individuals who, in an age of confessional strife, eschewed the certainties of the established churches and sought religious truth in unconventional ways and across confessional boundaries. The author, one of the most distinguished Dutch Church historians of his generation, casts a humane and sympathetic light on forms of belief that in their own day attracted censure from the orthodox of both sides, and have been little considered in subsequent general treatments of the Reformation. Subjects include the Congregation of Windesheim and its influence on Protestantism; the role of women in the Anabaptist kingdom of Münster; the Devil in Protestantism; the Protestant attack on popular culture; marriage and the family; the sixteenth-century reception of St John of the Cross and Protestant spirituality.


'…brilliantly and concisely handled here by one of the leading Dutch theologians and students of ecclesiastical history.' Bibliotheque d’Humanisme et Renaissance, Vol. 61, No. 2 '…readers…are likely to enjoy his remarkable eye for unusual sources and be stimulated by his observations.' Proceedings of the Huguenot Society, Vol. 27, No. 2 'The St Andrews Studies in Reformation History…is a fine series which has broken new ground in scholarship.' Journal of Theological Studies, Vol. 50 'Jelsma’s approach is very humane, tolerant and up-to-date…It is also imaginative…' Church History, Vol. 68, No. 4 '… a valuable addition to any university's library collection.' Canadian Journal of History

Table of Contents

Contents: Introduction; Competing concepts of Reformation; ’Reluctant rejection’: the Congregation of Windesheim and the Protestant Reformation; The Devil and Protestantism; A ’Messiah for women’: Religious commotion in North-East Switzerland, 1525-26; The king and the women: Münster, 1534-35; Women martyrs in a revolutionary age: A comparison of books of martyrs; Why the Reformation failed; The attack of reformed Protestantism on society’s mentality in the northern Netherlands during the second half of the 16th century; ’What man and woman are meant for’: On marriage and family at the time of the Reformation; ’Believing while in darkness’: A Protestant view of St John of the Cross; The reception of John of the Cross within Protestantism; ’Without a roof over one’s head’: Stephen Gardiner (1483?-1555) and some characteristics of Protestant spirituality; 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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