The Beginnings of English Protestantism

Alec Ryrie (Editor) Peter Marshall (Editor)


This collection of essays examines the traumatic religious upheavals of early- and mid-sixteenth century England from the point of view of the early Protestants, a group which has been seriously neglected by recent scholarship. Leading British and American scholars re-examine early Protestantism, arguing that it was a complex movement which could have evolved in a number of directions. They explore its approach to issues of gender roles, the place of printing and print culture, and the ways in which Protestantism continued to be influenced by medieval religious culture.

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Cambridge University Press
Publish Date
May 30, 2002
6.0 X 0.54 X 9.0 inches | 0.76 pounds
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About the Author

Alec Ryrie is Lecturer in Modern History, University of Birmingham. He has published articles in Bruce Gordon (ed), Protestant History and Identity (Aldershot, 1996) and David Loades (ed), John Foxe: an Historical Perspective (Aldershot, 1999). Articles forthcoming in The Journal of Ecclesiastical History (2002). D.Phil thesis, Oxford 2000.

Peter Marshall has gained national recognition as a preacher and teacher on Christian maturity. A graduate of Yale University and Princeton Theological Seminary, he formerly served as pastor of the East Dennis Community Church on Cape Cod. He is the coauthor of The Light and the Glory, Mercy Clifton, and Nate Donovan.


"This collection appeals not only to the Tudor specialist, but also to readers of social and religious history. But the greatest recommendation for The Beginnings of English Protestantism is that it serves as a vital counterpoint to the recent trends of revisionist history, illustrating the strength and depth of early English evangelism alongside the celebrated continuance of traditional religion." Janice Liedl, Laurentian University, Canadian Journal of History
"[A] valuable study." Bibliotheque d'Humanisme & Renaissance
"Throws needed light on the crucial period of early Reformation history." H-NET
"A valuable and highly recommended addition to the literature on Germany's role in the outbreak of World War I." H-GERMAN
"This is a superb collection of essays, opening up a number of new avenues for exploring the spiritual foundations of the English Reformation." Norman Jones, Utah State University, Anglican and Episcopal History
"...serious students of the sixteenth century will deepen their understanding of the early English Reformation by careful study of one or more of these essays." Albion
"...a stimulating and valuable resource for advanced students and scholars of the English reformations." History