This interdisciplinary volume of essays brings together a team of leading early modern historians and literary scholars in order to examine the changing conceptions, character, and condemnation of 'heresy' in sixteenth- and seventeenth-century England. Definitions of 'heresy' and 'heretics' were the subject of heated controversies in England from the English Reformation to the end of the seventeenth century. These essays illuminate the significant literary issues involved in both defending and demonising heretical beliefs, including the contested hermeneutic strategies applied to the interpretation of the Bible, and they examine how debates over heresy stimulated the increasing articulation of arguments for religious toleration in England. Offering fresh perspectives on John Milton, Thomas Hobbes, John Locke and others, this volume should be of interest to all literary, religious and political historians working on early modern English culture.
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Number of pages: 332
Weight: 490 g
Dimensions: 229 x 152 x 19 mm
Review of the hardback: 'Not many collections of essays are as coherent or successful as this one ...' The Review of English Studies
"essential collection of essays on the changing face of heresy from the 1540s through the 1690s." - Deborah Kepple-Memros, Graceland University