1st Edition

Religion and the Early Modern British Marketplace

Edited By Kristin M.S. Bezio, Scott Oldenburg Copyright 2022
    270 Pages
    by Routledge

    270 Pages
    by Routledge

    Religion and the Early Modern British Marketplace explores the complex intersection between the geographic, material, and ideological marketplaces through the lens of religious belief and practice. By examining the religiously motivated markets and marketplace practices in the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries in England, Scotland, and Wales, the volume presents religious praxis as a driving force in the formulation and everyday workings of the social and economic markets. Within the volume, the authors address first spiritual markets and marketplaces, discussing the intersection of Puritan and Protestant Ethics with the market economy. The second part addresses material marketplaces, including the marriage market, commercial trade markets, and the post-Reformation Catholic black market. In the third part of the volume, the chapters focus specifically on publication markets and books, including manuscripts and commonplace books, as well as printed volumes and pamphlets. Finally, the volume concludes with an examination of the literary marketplace, with analyses of plays and poems which engage with and depict both spiritual and material markets. Taken as a whole, this collection posits that the "modern" conception of a division between religion and the socioeconomic marketplace was a largely fictional construct, and the chapters demonstrate the depth to which both were integrated in early modern life.

    Introduction: Church, Coin, and Custom: Religious Conflict and the Marketplace

    Kristin M.S. Bezio

    Part 1: Spiritual Marketplaces

    1. A Puritan’s Ethics and the Spirit of Communism in Elizabethan Newcastle

    Scott Oldenburg

    2. The Merchant Richard Hill and His Book: Using Confessio Amatis Tales to Negotiate the Spiritual Marketplace in Henrician London

    Alison Harper

    Part 2: Material Marketplaces

    3. "Many tokenes passed betwixt them": Negotiating Meaning in the Matrimonial Market of Early Modern England

    Jennifer McNabb

    4. Catholics and the Underground Devotional Market in Post-Reformation England

    Aislinn Muller

    5. Marketing English Catholicism Through Gifted Relics (c.1559–1640)

    Sarah Johanesen

    Part 3: Textual Marketplaces

    6. Keeping the Romish Wolves at Bay: A Breviary for Britain and the Welsh Book Trade of the Sixteenth Century

    Sarah J. Sprouse

    7. Markets, Machinations, & Martin Mar-Prelate: The Marketplace of Publication and Espionage Surrounding the Marprelate Controversy

    Kristin M.S. Bezio

    8. "Not sparing Kings in what they did not right": Aemilia Lanyer’s Salve Deus Rex Judaeorum and the King James Bible

    Emily Griffiths Jones

    Part 4: Literary Marketplaces

    9. The Economics of Salvation in Early Modern Devotional Poetry

    Chelsea R. McKelvey

    10. Exchange Economies and Free Enterprise in Shakespeare’s Measure for Measure

    Vanessa L. Rapatz

    11. The Invisible Economies of Marketplace and Church in Ben Jonson’s The Alchemist

    Ritchie D. Kendall


    Scott Oldenburg


    Kristin M. S. Bezio is Associate Professor at the University of Richmond.

    Scott Oldenburg specializes in early modern literature and culture at Tulane University.