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Religion in Tudor England
An Anthology of Primary Sources

Edited by Ethan H. Shagan and Debora Shuger

Religion in Tudor England
Hardback, 675 pages $89.95
Published: 15th June 2016
ISBN: 9781602582972
Format: 10in x 7in

Subjects: All History, Church History

Religion in Tudor England offers readers the prose and the poetry, the theology and the spirituality, the prayers and the polemics, of one of the most important epochs in the making of modern Christianity. Beginning with King Henry VII, the Tudors’ reign included the break with Rome and the rise of English Protestantism, a series of religiously inspired revolts, the burnings of nearly three hundred Protestants for heresy under Queen Mary, the executions of scores of Catholics for treason under Queen Elizabeth, and the emergence of the Puritan challenge to the Church of England. Moreover, the English Reformation coincided with the English Renaissance, and the foremost religious thinkers of the age, Catholic as well as Protestant, are also among the greatest of English prose stylists.

The sources in this unique anthology, accidentals modernized and accompanied by careful notes and detailed historical, literary, and theological introductions, immerse readers in this world and allow them to explore comprehensively—for the first time—what was lost, what was transformed, and what was preserved in the English Reformation.


Abbreviations for Works Commonly Cited

1. Pre-Reformation/Late Medieval 

2. English Reformation

3. Ceremonies

4. Ecclesiology

5. Predestination

6. Catholic Reformation and Counter-Reformation

7. Primers, Prayers, and Psalms

8. Pastoral Theology

9. Protestantism and the Social World

10. Conclusion


"In its complexity, Religion in Tudor England presents an indispensable and innovative tool for the rediscovery of otherwise inaccessible selections, texts, and pamphlets for the academic community. The volume, in addition to bringing to light these writings of decisive importance, constitutes a valuable opportunity for deepening and stimulating new research on the religious climate, factions, and tensions that pervaded the British Isles during the troubled hundred years following the succession of the Tudors to the English throne."

—Stefano Colavecchia, The Sixteenth Century Journal

"Debora Shuger and Ethan Shagan’s Religion in Tudor England is a remarkable book. A wide-ranging, illuminating, and wonderfully accessible anthology of primary documents from the sixteenth century, it permits readers to hear the edgy particularities of religious thought and feeling of the period, and it also ensures that these individual voices join together in pointedly imperfect harmony to tell the complicated story of how and how much religion mattered to the age."

—David Scott Kastan, George M. Bodman Professor of English, Yale University

"This is a rich, imaginative and original selection of key documents, with an authoritative introduction and framing commentaries. Students will profit greatly from using it."

—Diarmaid MacCulloch, Professor of the History of the Church, St Cross College, University of Oxford

"Anyone looking for a collection of documents illustrative of the conventional history of Reformation and post-Reformation England need look no further. Religion in Tudor England is an indispensable aid for all teachers of English religious history during the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries."

—Peter Lake, University Distinguished Professor of History, Vanderbilt University

Ethan Shagan is Professor of History at the University of California, Berkeley.

Debora Shuger is Distinguished Professor of English at UCLA. Her book The Renaissance Bible: Scholarship, Sacrifice, and Subjectivity is also available from Baylor University Press.

Publication Details:

 Hardback , 675 pages
 10in x 7in

  HIS015000, REL015000, REL108000, REL108020
 Baylor University Press

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