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Book Release: How the English Reformation was Named by Dr. Benjamin Guyer

Thursday, November 10, 2022

The Department of Religious Studies invites you to the book release of How the English Reformation was Named by adjunct professor Dr. Benjamin Guyer.


Please join Benjamin Guyer and Alec Ryrie on Wednesday, December 7, 2022 (at 12pm EST/5pm GMT), as they discuss Dr. Guyer's monograph, How the English Reformation was Named: The Politics of History, c. 1400-1700.


Register at this link: https://bit.ly/3ftCU5C


About the Book:

How the English Reformation was Named analyses the shifting semantics of 'reformation' in England between the fifteenth and seventeenth centuries. Originally denoting the intended aim of church councils, 'reformation' was subsequently redefined to denote violent revolt, and ultimately a series of past episodes in religious history. But despite referring to sixteenth-century religious change, the proper noun 'English Reformation' entered the historical lexicon only during the British civil wars of the 1640s. Anglican apologists coined this term to defend the Church of England against proponents of the Scottish Reformation, an event that contemporaries singled out for its violence and illegality. Using their neologism to denote select events from the mid-Tudor era, Anglicans crafted a historical narrative that enabled them to present a pristine vision of the English past, one that endeavoured to preserve amidst civil war, regicide, and political oppression. With the restoration of the monarchy and the Church of England in 1660, apologetic narrative became historiographical habit and, eventually, historical certainty.

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