Self-Defence and Religious Strife in Early Modern Europe: England and Germany, 1530–1680, 1st Edition (Hardback) book cover

Self-Defence and Religious Strife in Early Modern Europe

England and Germany, 1530–1680, 1st Edition

By Robert von Friedeburg


290 pages

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Recent research has begun to highlight the importance of German arguments about legitimate resistance and self-defence for French, English and Scottish Protestants. This book systematically studies the reception of German thought in England, arguing that it played a much greater role than has hitherto been acknowledged. Both the Marian exiles, and others concerned with the fate of continental Protestantism, eagerly read what German reformers had to say about the possibility of resisting the religious policies of a monarch without compromising the institution of monarchy itself. However, the transfer of German arguments to England, with its individual political and constitutional environment, necessarily involved the subtle transformation of these arguments into forms compatible with local traditions. In this way, German arguments contributed significantly to the emergence of new theories, emphasising natural rights.


'… provides both rich and contextualised accounts…Professor von Friedeburg has written a rich and stimulating book, and one that should play a distinguished role in further increasing our awareness of the European contexts of English political thinking…a most useful introduction to the political thought of early modern Germany…an important and valuable book.' Glenn Burgess, University of Hull 'Self-Defence and Religious Strife is a first-rate contribution to the task of understanding early modern England in European context… provides both rich and contextualised accounts… Professor von Friedeburg has written a rich and stimulating book, and one that should play a distinguished role in further increasing our awareness of the European contexts of English political thinking… This is an important and valuable book.' Albion '… it shows from an impressive number of sources that Germany's and England's political traditions were interwoven in decisive respects…' History of Political Thought '… a well-written, thoughtful and convincing study offering important insights for readers interested in early modern political theory.' Journal of Early Modern History

Table of Contents

Contents: Preface; Introduction: Sovereignty and religious strife: the state of the argument on resistance and self-defence; The Rule of Law Vindicated: Reform and reformation: resistance and defence in German lands 1488-1528; Self-defence and social status: the model developed - Torgau to Magdeburg 1529-1550; The delicate balance: the rule of law and religious strife in the Empire 1555-1620; Patriots and peasants: self-defence and the horrors of war, 1618-1648; The Rule of Law Disintegrated: Necessity, Self-Defence and the Reception of German Political Thought in England 1553-1648: The Marian and Elizabethan reception of German thought on resistance; Monarchy, obedience and German precedents 1588-1630s; Religious strife and self-defence 1638-48; Conclusion: self-defence, religious strife and political thought; Bibliography; 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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