The Debate on the English Reformation

Second edition

By Rosemary O’Day

The Debate on the English Reformation


  • eBook

Book Information

  • Format: Paperback
  • ISBN: 978-0-7190-8662-5
  • Pages: 368
  • Publisher: Manchester University Press
  • Price: £17.99
  • Published Date: February 2014
  • BIC Category: History of religion, Humanities / Church history, Humanities / Early modern history: c 1450/1500 to c 1700, Humanities / Historiography, History & Archaeology, Historiography, History, General & world history, Christianity, c 1500 onwards to present day, 16th century, c 1500 to c 1599, RELIGION / Religion, Politics & State, RELIGION / Christianity / History, HISTORY / Modern / 16th Century, HISTORY / Historiography
  • Series: Issues in Historiography


Extensively revised and updated, this new edition of The debate on the English Reformation combines a discussion of successive historical approaches to the English Reformation with a critical review of recent debates in the area, offering a major contribution to modern historiography as well as to Reformation studies. It explores the way in which successive generations have found the Reformation relevant to their own times and have in the process rediscovered, redefined and rewritten its story. It shows that not only people who called themselves historians but also politicians, ecclesiastics, journalists and campaigners argued about interpretations of the Reformation and the motivations of its principal agents. The author also shows how, in the twentieth century, the debate was influenced by the development of history as a subject and, in the twenty-first century, by state control of the academy. Undergraduates, researchers and lecturers alike will find this an invaluable and essential companion to their studies.


1. Contemporary historiography of the English Reformation, 1525-70
2. Interpretations of the Reformation from Fuller to Strype
3. Historians and contemporary politics: 1780-1850
4. The Church of England in crisis: the Reformation heritage
5. The Tudor revolution in religion: the twentieth-century debate
6. The Reformation and the people: Discovery
7. The Church: how it changed
8. The Debate in the age of peer review
9. The Place of the Reformation in modern biography, fiction and the media
Conclusion: Reformation: Reformulation, Reiteration and Reflections
Further Reading
Name index
Subject index


Rosemary O'Day is Emeritus Professor of History at the Open University

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