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The Swiss Reformation (New Frontiers in History)

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The Swiss Reformation was a seminal event of the 16th century and the source of a distinctive Protestant culture whose influence spread across Europe from Transylvania to Scotland. This book provides the first comprehensive study of the subject in any language. The author argues that the movement must be understood in terms of the historical evolution of the Swiss Confeder ...more
Paperback, 416 pages
Published January 18th 2003 by Manchester University Press (first published September 20th 2002)
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For more than half a century from the 1520s to the 1570s, the rural backwater that was the Swiss Confederation found itself, rather unexpectedly, at the heart of the European Reformation. This was primarily down to the influence of one dominating figure, the Toggenburg preacher Huldrych Zwingli. Zwingli arrived in Zurich in 1519 and proceeded to combine radical sermonising with canny political networking, a combination that would prove decisive. He set the terms of the theological debate for the ...more
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Bruce Gordon's survey of the Swiss reformation is a solid and necessary if somewhat dry and diffuse staple in the field. When it was published a decade ago, there was little comprehensive material on the Swiss Reformation in English. What did exist usually emphasized intellectual history and proceeded on a path from Zwingli to Calvin to Calvinism, obscuring the bulk of Swiss thought and practice in the first half of the 16th century. Gordon has set Zwingli and Zwinglianism back at the center of ...more
Joseph Sverker
This is a very scholarly book and one aiming to describe the event that lead to and was the backdrop to the Swiss Reformation. For me, that is more used to read philosophical and theological rather than perhaps purely historical works, this was a rather slow read with much focus on facts and details. It is certainly a source book for anyone interested in Zwingli, Bullinger and other people that was influential in the making of the Swiss Reformation. The last couple of chapters are a little more ...more
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Titus Street Professor of Ecclesiastical History
Denomination: Presbyterian

A native of Canada, Bruce Gordon taught from 1994 to 2008 at the University of St Andrews, Scotland, where he was professor of modern history and deputy director of the St Andrews Reformation Studies Institute. His research focuses on European religious cultures of the lat
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