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Interpretations of the Continental Reformation in Great Britain during the nineteenth century

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posted on 2022-03-28, 19:04 authored by Leighton Oliver Frappell
The following inquiry seeks to identify and explore a number of more or less well defined traditions of Reformation interpretation, many of which had their rise in the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries and which were current in Great Britain during the nineteenth century. Thus it explores, for example, the liberal idea of the Reformation, the Protestant evangelical idea, the Roman Catholic idea, and so on. It is concerned also with showing how, behind these various interpretations, lies a remarkable common attitude to the very problem of interpretation-an attitude which may be described, following Butterfield,as the which approach to history; that is,considering the past from the standpoint of the present rather than in its own right. Also, the inquiry seeks to show something of the progress of thorough Reformation scholarship in Great Britain,especially in the last quarter of the century, and to that end examines the writings of a number of historians who were pioneers in Great Britain of a Reformation history which would eventually become emancipated from confessional bias; although these pioneers were themselves rarely free of a predetermined view of the Reformation, into which their critical findings were fitted, not always with complete success. The emphasis of the study is not so much upon the Reformation interpretations for their own sakes, but as the products of a variety of political and religious presuppositions as these sought to explain the meaning and significance of a key event in the making of modern times.


Table of Contents

Chapter 1. Retrospect: the course of reformation interpretation in Great Britain in the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries -- Chapter 2.Luther and the reformation; two romantic re-appraisals, by Coleridge and Carlyle -- Chapter 3. The reformation in the literature of the high church revival: the legacy of 'private judgment' -- Chapter 4. The Reformation and Modern Enlightenment : Liberal interpretations of the reformation, 1800 - 1850 -- Chapter 5. Liberal interpretations of the reformation (continued), 1850 - 1900 -- Chapter 6. The reformation as an era of grace: the Protestant Evangelical Interpretation -- Chapter 7. Roman Catholics on the reformation:from the Reformation as schism to the Reformation as the parent of modern secularism -- Chapter 8. The reformation as an era in the evolution of christianity: the liberal Protestant interpretation -- Chapter 9. Reformation studies and the rise of the professional historian in Great Britain -- Chapter 10. The rise of the professional historian.


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Awarding Institution

Macquarie University

Degree Type

Thesis PhD


PhD, Macquarie University, School of Historical, Philosophical and Political Studies

Department, Centre or School

School of Historical, Philosophical and Political Studies

Year of Award



Copyright disclaimer: Copyright Leighton Oliver Frappell 1972.






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