St. Andrews studies in Reformation history.
"Recent research has begun to highlight the importance of German arguments about legitimate resistance and self-defence for French, English and Scottish Protestants. This book systematically studies the reception of German thought in England, arguing that it played a much greater role than has hitherto been acknowledged. Both the Marian exiles, and others concerned with the fate of continental Protestantism, eagerly read what German reformers had to say about the possibility of resisting the religious policies of a monarch without compromising the institution of monarchy itself. However, the transfer of German arguments to England, with its individual political and constitutional environment, necessarily involved the subtle transformation of these arguments into forms compatible with local traditions. In this way, German arguments contributed significantly to the emergence of new theories, emphasising natural rights."--Provided by publisher.
First published 2002 by Ashgate Publishing.
Bibliography, etc. Note
Includes bibliographical references (pages -273) and index.
Formatted Contents Note
chapter Introduction: Sovereignty and religious strife: the state of the argument on resistance and self-defence part Part One The rule of law vindicated chapter 1 Reform and reformation: resistance and defence in German lands, 1488-1528 chapter 2 Self-defence and social status: the model developed - Torgau to Magdeburg, 1529-50 chapter 3 The delicate balance: the rule of law and religious strife in the Empire, 1555-1620 chapter 4 Patriots and peasants: self-defence and the horrors of war, 1618-48 part Part Two The rule of law disintegrated: necessity, self-defence and the reception of German political thought in England, 1553-164 chapter 5 The Marian and Elizabethan reception of German thought on resistance chapter 6 Monarchy, obedience and German precedents, 1588-1630s chapter 7 Religious strife and self-defence, 1638-48.