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Remembering the Reformation

1st Edition

Edited by Alexandra Walsham, Brian Cummings, Ceri Law, Karis Riley


344 pages

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This stimulating volume explores how the memory of the Reformation has been remembered, forgotten, contested, and reinvented between the sixteenth and twenty-first centuries.

Remembering the Reformation traces how a complex, protracted and unpredictable process came to be perceived, recorded, and commemorated as a transformative event. From local to global patterns of memory, the contributors examine the ways in which the Reformation embedded itself in the historical imagination and analyse the enduring, unstable and divided legacies that it engendered. The book also underlines how modern scholarship is indebted to processes of memory-making initiated in the early modern period and challenges the conventional models of periodization that the Reformation itself helped to create. This collection of essays offers an expansive examination and theoretically engaged discussion of concepts and practices of memory and Reformation.

This volume is ideal for upper level undergraduates and postgraduates studying the Reformation, Early Modern Religious History, Early Modern European History, and Early Modern Literature.


'This consistently stimulating and illuminating collection of essays examines not just how, across a wide range of contexts, the Reformation has been remembered, but what "remembering the Reformation" might actually mean. It is essential reading for anyone interested in memory as a constructive and creative, and often deceptive, cultural force.'

Peter Marshall, University of Warwick, UK

'This volume offers the reader a survey of memory cultures, both seeded and sundered by the European Reformation, that is daringly imaginative in scope and unfailingly thought-provoking in content. Taken together, these essays constitute a richly suggestive theatre of memory which enables the reader to locate with precision and nuance the role played by the past in shaping the self-understanding of the protagonists as well as the retrospective comprehension of posterity.'

Simon Ditchfield, University of York, UK

Table of Contents

1. Brian Cummings, Ceri Law, Karis Riley, and Alexandra Walsham, Introduction: Remembering the Reformation

Part I: Repressed Memory

2. James Simpson, Stilled Lives, Still Lives: Reformation Memorial Focus

3. Isabel Karremann, The Inheritance of Loss: Post-Reformation Memory Culture and the Limits of Antiquarian Discourse

Part II: Divided Memory

4. Carolina Lenarduzzi and Judith Pollmann, Bread and Stone: Catholic Memory in Post-Reformation Leiden

5. David van der Linden, Remembering the Holy League: Material Memories in Early Modern France

Part III: Fragmented Memory

6. Tarald Rasmussen, Remembering the Past in the Nordic Reformations

7. Natalia Nowakowska, Rioting Blacksmiths and Jewish Women: Pillarized Reformation Memory in Early Modern Poland

Part IV: Inherited Memory

8. Philip Haberkern, The First Among the Many: Early Modern Cultural Memory and the Hussites

9. Róisín Watson, Remembering and Forgetting the Dead in the Churches of Reformation Germany

Part V: Invented Memory

10. Katrina B. Olds, The Material of Memory in the Seventeenth-Century Andes: The Cross of Carabuco and Local History

11. Stefano Villani, The British Invention of the Waldenses

Part VI: Migrating Memory

12. Kat Hill, On the Road: Exile, Experience and Memory in the Anabaptist Diaspora

13. Geert H. Janssen, The Legacy of Exile and the Rise of Humanitarianism

Part VII: Extended Memory

14. Andrew Atherstone, The Stones Will Cry Out: Victorian and Edwardian Memorials to the Reformation Martyrs

15. Philip Benedict and Sarah Scholl, Religious Heritage and Civic Identity: Remembering the Reformation in Geneva from the Sixteenth to the Twenty-First Century

16. Dagmar Freist, Afterword: Memory Practices and Global Protestantism

About the Editors

Brian Cummings is Anniversary Professor of English at the University of York and a Fellow of the British Academy. He edited The Book of Common Prayer (Oxford, 2013) and his book Mortal Thoughts (Oxford, 2013) won the Dietz Prize of the Modern Language Association of America. With Alexandra Walsham, he co-directed the AHRC project ‘Remembering the Reformation’ between 2016 and 2019.

Ceri Law has worked at Queen Mary University of London, Cambridge University and the University of Essex. She is the author of Contested Reformations in the University of Cambridge, c.1535-84 (Boydell & Brewer, 2018). She was a Postdoctoral Research Associate on the AHRC ‘Remembering the Reformation’ Project between 2016 and 2019.

Karis Riley has degrees in Philosophy, Classics and English Literature and is currently completing a book on Milton and the passions. She was a Postdoctoral Research Associate on the AHRC ‘Remembering the Reformation’ Project between 2018 and 2019.

Alexandra Walsham is Professor of Modern History at the University of Cambridge and a Fellow of the British Academy. She has published five books, including The Reformation of the Landscape (Oxford, 2011), which won the Wolfson History Prize in 2012. With Brian Cummings, she co-directed the AHRC project ‘Remembering the Reformation’ between 2016 and 2019.

About the Series

Remembering the Medieval and Early Modern Worlds

Remembering the Medieval and Early Modern Worlds looks at Remembering the medieval and early modern periods. These edited collections draw together the latest scholarship on memory of the chosen topic or period.

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