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Moderate Voices in the European Reformation

1st Edition

Edited by Luc Racaut, Alec Ryrie


233 pages

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Between the religious massacres, conflicts and martyrdoms that characterised much of Reformation Europe, there seems little room for a consideration of the concept of moderation. Yet it was precisely because of this extremism that many Europeans, both individuals and regimes, were forced into positions of moderation as they found themselves caught in the confessional crossfire. This is not to suggest that such people refused to take sides, but rather that they were unwilling or unable to conform fully to emerging confessional orthodoxies. By conducting an investigation into the idea of 'moderation', this volume raises intriguing concepts and offers a fuller understanding of the pressures that shaped the confessional landscape of Reformation Europe. A number of essays present case studies examining 'moderates' who existed uneasily in the space between coercion and persuasion in Britain, France and the Holy Roman Empire. Others look more broadly at local and national attempts at conciliation, and at the way the rhetoric of moderation was manipulated during confessional conflict. These are all drawn together with a substantial introduction and analytical conclusion, which not only tie the volume together, but which also pose wider conceptual and methodological questions about the meaning of moderation.


'… the volume's most valuable contribution is its expanded and more nuanced understanding of the Reformation's middle parties.' Journal of Ecclesiastical History 'All told, the collection is good value and well worth reading.' Sixteenth Century Journal ’This book is a very welcome addition to the growing historical literature on Reformation Europe which looks beyond the polemics and the admittedly abundant episodes of intolerance and religious violence to what was very likely a majority of people who, although they thought of their opponents as damnable heretics, were content to leave their judgment to a higher authority.’ The Catholic Historical Review

Table of Contents

Contents: Introduction: Between coercion and persuasion, Luc Racaut and Alec Ryrie; Diplomacy, evangelism and dynastic war: the brothers Du Bellay at the service of Francis I, Alexandra Kess; A diagnosis of religious moderation: Matthew Parker and the 1559 settlement, Louise Campbell; A mini-'colloquy of Poissy' in Brittany: inter-confessional dialogue in Nantes in 1562, Elizabeth Tingle; Immanuel Tremellius and the avoidance of controversy, Kenneth Austin; Cooperation and confessional identity in mid-Tudor England: three Berkshire courtiers, Michael Riordan; National church, state church and universal church: the Gallican dilemma in 16th-century France, Alain Tallon, trans. Luc Racaut; The battle for indifference in Elizabethan England, Ethan H. Shagan; 'Wolves and weathervanes': confessional moderation at the Habsburg court of Vienna, Elaine Fulton; René Benoist: scripture for the catholic masses, Alison Carter; Moderation under duress? Calvinist irenicism in early 17th-century royal Hungary, Graeme Murdock; Conclusion: Moderate voices: mixed messages, Mark Greengrass; Index.

About the Editors

Dr Luc Racaut is Lecturer in History at the University of Newcastle, UK. Dr Alec Ryrie is in the Department of Theology and Religion at the University of Durham, UK

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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