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John Knox

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Jane Dawson has written the definitive life of John Knox, a leader of the Protestant Reformation in sixteenth-century Scotland. Based in large part on previously unavailable sources, including the recently discovered papers of Knox’s close friend and colleague Christopher Goodman, Dawson’s biography challenges the traditionally held stereotype of this founder of the ...more
Hardcover, 373 pages
Published May 26th 2015 by Yale University Press (first published April 23rd 2015)
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Leah
May 13, 2015 Leah rated it it was amazing
God's Watchman...

In Scotland, John Knox is thought of as a misogynistic, hellfire-and-damnation preaching, old killjoy, who is responsible for the fairly joyless version of Protestantism that has blighted our country for hundreds of years. Well, that's how I think of him anyway! Father of the Scottish Reformation, he is notorious for being the author of 'The First Blast of the Trumpet against the Monstrous Regiment of Women'. In this new biography, Jane Dawson sets out, not so much to overturn t
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May 07, 2016 Richard rated it really liked it
Excellent, easily the best bio on Knox.
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Apr 03, 2016 Kenneth rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
You will probably like this book. Possibly.

A very interesting biography of John Knox which draws heavily on new recently discovered sources including the Goodman papers. Knox is presented as a complex character: his many different connections and relations (public and private, national and international, ecclesiastical, political, personal) are explored in such a way that you really feel you have come to know him somewhat better than the flat unidimensional caricature found in many history books
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Early modern historian who is primarily interested in the four countries within the British Isles, Scotland, Ireland, England and Wales, and in the Reformation throughout Europe.
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“Knox’s daily devotional routine was built around the Psalms, and throughout his life he followed the liturgical practice, acquired as a child in Haddington’s church, of moving through the entire psalter every month.” 0 likes
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