Reframing Reformation: Understanding Religious Difference in Early Modern Europe

Edited by Nicholas Terpstra - ES44

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What is Reformation, and where? Who does it impact, and how? This collection offers a sustained, comparative, and interdisciplinary exploration of religious transformations in the early modern world.
The Reformation was once framed as a sixteenth-century European Protestant and Catholic phenomenon, but scholars now follow its impacts across different confessions, faiths, time periods, and geographical areas. The essays in this volume track global developments and compare the many ways in which Reformation movements shaped relations between Christians, Jews, Muslims, Buddhists, and aboriginal groups in the Americas. The authors highlight the various negotiations, tensions, and contacts that developed across social, gender, and religious lines in different parts of the early modern world. Working with themes of Framing, Mobilizing, and Transcending Difference, they explore how different convictions about religious reform and different approaches to it shaped both social action and cross-confessional encounters.

Nicholas Terpstra is Professor of History at the University of Toronto, exploring questions at the intersection of politics, religion, gender, and charity with a focus on relations between religious communities in the early modern world. He has published Religious Refugees in the Early Modern World: An Alternative History of the Reformation (Cambridge, 2015), and Global Reformations: Transforming Early Modern Religions, Societies, and Cultures (Routledge, 2019).

336 pp.
ISBN: 978-0-7727-2194-5 softcover 978-0-7727-2196-9 hardcover
Published: 2019


"This collection injects fresh life into the field of Reformation history, inviting readers to think more broadly and deeply about the legacy of the Reformation(s) in a pluralistic world." Robert Bast, University of Tennessee

“This book disturbs the comfortable interpretations of clear confessional identities and points out, very strongly, that the Reformation was much richer, confusing, and diverse than has been generally portrayed.” — Gary K. Waite, University of New Brunswick

  1. Reframing Reformation: Framing, Mobilizing, and Transcending Religious Difference in Early Modern Europe — Nicholas Terpstra

  2. Religious Disputations as Theatre: Staging Religious Difference in France after the Wars of Religion — David Robinson
  3. Reforming Canonization after the Council of Trent: Saints and Martyrs as Models of a Pure Christian Life — Riccardo Saccenti
  4. Prophet or Sultan? Framing and Restraining Mahomet in Early Seventeenth-Century France — Heather Coffey
  5. Illustrations of Adult Baptism and the Anabaptist-Mennonite Tradition: An Evolving Motif in Visual Culture of the Dutch Republic and Early Modern Europe — Nina Schroeder

  6. The Influence of Italian Humanists on Erasmus’ De bello turcico — Nathan Ron
  7. The Portuguese New Christian nação as a Catholic Diaspora in Rome — James Nelson Novoa
  8. Native Evangelists in Northwestern New Spain — Jason Dyck

  9. The Reformation and the Language of Dreams: “Nocturnal Whispers of the Allmighty” — Janine Rivière
  10. The Peregrinations of Guillaume Postel: Journey, Religious Syncretism and Prophecy — Yvonne Petry
  11. Fighting the Thirty Years’ War on Two Fronts: Religious Intolerance and Militant Nationalism as Threats to Christ’s Presence in the World — Marvin Lee Anderson
  12. “Oh! Jews, Turks, Indians, did all know and own the light;” Early Quakers, the Other, and the Universal Light — Judith Pocock