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The Impact of the European Reformation

Princes, Clergy and People, 1st Edition

By Ole Peter Grell

Edited by Bridget Heal


326 pages

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Recent decades have witnessed the fragmentation of Reformation studies, with high-level research confined within specific geographical, confessional or chronological boundaries. By bringing together scholars working on a wide variety of topics, this volume counteracts this centrifugal trend and provides a broad perspective on the impact of the European reformation. The essays present new research from historians of politics, of the church and of belief. Their geographical scope ranges from Scotland and England via France and Germany to Transylvania and their chronological span from the 1520s to the 1690s Considering the impact of the Reformation on political culture and examining the relationship between rulers and ruled; the book also examines the church and its personnel, another sphere of life that was entirely transformed by the Reformation. Important aspects of knowledge and belief are discussed in terms of scientific knowledge and technological progress, juxtaposed with analyses of elite and popular belief, which demonstrates the limitations of Weber's notion of the disenchantment of the world. Together they indicate the diverse directions in which Reformation scholarship is now moving, while reminding us of the need to understand particular developments within a broader European context; demonstrating that movements for religious reform left no sphere of European life untouched.


’The quality of the contributions to this volume is extremely high…’ Journal of British Studies ’The essays are of uniformly high quality and offer arguments born of careful research. Specialists and non-specialists alike will appreciate the intelligence and clarity with which the authors put forward and defend these arguments.’ Church History ’Scholars of the Reformation and Lutheranism in particular will find much of interest in this carefully edited volume containing twelve essays that offer compelling glimpses into emerging areas of Reformation research and scholarship.’ Lutheran Quarterly ’This holistic collection offers a topically rich mosaic of early modern Christianity. It answers existing questions and opens new ones, and as such can be of use to scholars and students alike.’ Sixteenth Century Journal

Table of Contents

Contents: Introduction, Bridget Heal; Part I Princes: Hubmaier, Schappeler, and Hergot on social revolution, Tom Scott; The politics of law and gospel: the Protestant prince and the Holy Roman Empire, C. Scott Dixon; Rich and poor in Reformation Augsburg: the city council, the Fugger bank and the formation of a bi-confessional society, Bernd Roeck; The contest for control of urban centres in Southwest France during the early years of the Wars of Religion, Kevin Gould. Part II Clergy: The 'new clergies' in Europe: Protestant pastors and Catholic Reform clergy after the Reformation, Luise Schorn-Schütte; The clergy and parish discipline in England, 1570-1640, Christopher Haigh; The Virgin Mary and the publican: Lutheranism and social order in Transylvania, Christine Peters; Kirk in danger: Presbyterian political divinity in 2 eras, Michael F. Graham. Part III People: Fairies, Egyptians and elders: multiple cosmologies in Post-Reformation Scotland, Margo Todd; Sacred spas? Healing springs and religion in Post-Reformation Britain, Alexandra Walsham; The reformation of astronomy, Adam Mosley; French books at the Frankfurt fair, Andrew Pettegree; Index.

About the Author/Editor

Dr Bridget Heal is a Lecturer at the University of St Andrews, UK and Professor Ole Grell is Professor in Early Modern History at the Open University, 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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