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Seminar 9 - The Reformed

Discussion topics:

- Why did the Reformation fail to stay united?

- What were the major doctrinal differences between Lutherans and the Reformed?

- Which role did the social and political context play?


Priority reading:

B. Gordon, The Swiss Reformation (Manchester, 2002), chapter 'Zwingli and Zurich'

Further reading:

Baschera, Luca; Gordon, Bruce; Moser, Christian (eds.), Following Zwingli: Applying the Past in Reformation Zurich (2014)

A. N. Burnett and E. Campi (eds), A Companion to the Swiss Reformation (2016) [featuring chapters on Zurich, Basel, Bern, Schaffhausen plus surveys on 'failed Reformations', Anabaptists, education, culture, poor relief and confessional relations]

S. Dixon and M. Greengrass, 'The Protestant Reformation' (TLTP tutorial), 'Geneva and the Calvinist Reformation' [NB: only the broad outline narrative is accessible at the moment, but it's a good starting point]

Hacke, D., ‘Church, space and conflict: Religious co-existence and political communication in seventeenth-century Switzerland’, in: German History 25 (3/2007), 285-312

Head, R., ‘Fragmented dominion, fragmented Churches: The institutionalization of the Landfrieden in the Thurgau 1531-1610’, in: Archive for Reformation History 96 (2005), 117-144

" , 'The Swiss Reformations: Movements, settlements and re-imagination', in: U. Rublack (ed.), The Oxford Handbook of Protestant Reformations (Oxford, 2016)

Holt, Mack, 'Calvin and Reformed Protestantism', in: U. Rublack (ed.), The Oxford Handbook of Protestant Reformations (Oxford, 2016)

Kaplan, B., Divided by Faith: Religious Conflict and the Practice of Toleration in Early Modern Europe (New Haven, 2007)

Kissane, C., Food, Religion and Communities in Early Modern Europe (London, 2018), esp. Chapter 4: '"The Eaters": Fast-Breaking Protest in Reformation Zürich', pp. 53-75

Kümin, B., ‘Burgundy and the Swiss Confederation’, in: Rosamond McKitterick (ed.), The Times Medieval World (London, 2003), 208-211

" , 'Rural Society', in: U. Rublack (ed.), The Oxford Handbook of Protestant Reformations (Oxford, 2016)

A. Pettegree et al. (eds), Calvinism in Europe, 1540-1620 (1994)


Huldrych Zwingli in a portrait by Albrecht Dürer (1516; Washington National Gallery)