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Humanism and the Reform of Sacred Music in Early Modern England: John Merbecke the Orator and The Booke of Common Praier Noted (1550)

by Hyun-Ah Kim

This book provides a new interpretation of John Merbecke (c.1505-c.1585), the Tudor musician, copyist and writer. Providing a new contextual study of Merbecke, it re-interprets his work in the light of humanist...


Saint Cicero and the Jesuits: The Influence of the Liberal Arts on the Adoption of Moral Probabilism

by Robert Aleksander Maryks

Over the past decade various historians have examined the consequences of Ignatius Loyola's decision to involve his newly approved Society of Jesus in various educational enterprises. The first Jesuits emphasized...


Vittoria Colonna and the Spiritual Poetics of the Italian Reformation

by Abigail Brundin

Vittoria Colonna was one of the best known and most highly celebrated female poets of the Italian Renaissance. She was best known for her skill in constructing tightly controlled and beautifully modulated Petrarchan...


Restoration Ireland: Always Settling and Never Settled

by Coleman Dennehy

In recent decades, the historiography of early modern Ireland, particularly of the seventeenth century, has been revitalised. However, much of this new work has focused either on the critical decades of the...


The Religious Culture of the Huguenots, 1660-1750

by Anne Dunan-Page

Whilst much has been written about the Huguenots during the sixteenth-century wars of religion, much less is known about their history in the following centuries. The ten essays in this collection provide the...


Restoring Christ's Church: John a Lasco and the Forma ac ratio

by Michael S. Springer

This book examines the struggle for Protestant consensus through the work of John a Lasco (1499-1560), particularly his book Forma ac ratio. Published in 1555, it records the rites and practices of the London...


Reforming the Church before Modernity: Patterns, Problems and Approaches

by Christopher M. Bellitto & Louis I. Hamilton

Presenting essays from a distinguished international cast of scholars, this volume considers the question of ecclesial reform from late antiquity to the 17th century and tackles this complex question from primarily...


Religious Identities in Henry VIII's England

by Peter Marshall

In this volume Peter Marshall explores a wide range of evidence that underlines the complex web of overlapping and competing religious identities that Henry VIII's subjects were forced to assume as he sought...


Monastic Bodies: Discipline and Salvation in Shenoute of Atripe

by Caroline T. Schroeder

An in-depth examination of the asceticism practiced at the White Monastery in Upper Egypt in the fifth century, using diverse sources, including monastic rules, theological treatises, sermons, letters, and material...


A Candid History of the Jesuits

by Joseph McCabe

A Candid History of the Jesuits By McCabe, Joseph Originally published in 1913, this is an exhaustive examination of the history of the Jesuit society, based on original Jesuit documents. It affords a truthful...


Prayer in America: A Spiritual History of Our Nation

by James P. Jr Moore

A stirring chronicle of the spiritual life of a nation, Prayer in America shows how the faith of Americans—from the founding fathers to corporate tycoons, from composers to social reformers, from generals...


Sacred Origins of Profound Things: The Stories Behind the Rites and Rituals of the World's Religions

by Charles Panati

In this enlightening and entertaining work, Charles Panati explores the origins of hundreds of religious rituals, customs, and practices in many faiths, the reasons for religious holidays and sacred symbols,...


William James's Hidden Religious Imagination: A Universe of Relations

by Jeremy Carrette

This book offers a radical new reading of William James's work on the idea of 'religion.' Moving beyond previous psychological and philosophical interpretations, it uncovers a dynamic, imaginative, and critical...


Christianity in the Land of the Pharaohs: The Coptic Orthodox Church

by Jill Kamil

The Copts - the indigenous Christians of Egypt - declared their independence from Byzantine Christianity when they appointed their own patriarchs in the sixth century. Jill Kamil has written an angaging and...


The Saint and the Sultan: The Crusades, Islam, and Francis of Assisi's Mission of Peace

by Paul Moses

An intriguing examination of the extraordinary–and little known meeting between St. Francis of Assisi and Islamic leader Sultan Malik Al-Kamil that has strong resonance in today's divided world.

For many of...


The Nag Hammadi Scriptures

by Marvin W. Meyer & James M. Robinson

The Definitive Collection of Gnostic Writings

The year is 1945. At the foot of a cliff along the Nile River, near the city of Nag Hammadi, an Egyptian peasant unearths a large storage jar containing ancient manuscripts....


Worlds Of Wonder, Days Of Judgment: Popular Religious Belief in Early New England

by David D. Hall

This book tells an extraordinary story of the people of early New England and their spiritual lives. It is about ordinary people--farmers, housewives, artisans, merchants, sailors, aspiring scholars--struggling...


European Paganism

by Mr Ken Dowden & Ken Dowden

European Paganism provides a comprehensive and accessible overview of ancient pagan religions throughout the European continent.

Before there where Christians, the peoples of Europe were pagans. Were they bloodthirsty...


Pioneers of Scottish Christianity: Ninian, Columba and Mungo

by Roderick Graham

How did Christianity come to Scotland? A sixteen-hundred-year-old fog of mystery separates us from the dawn of Christianity in Scotland - but there are some intriguing signposts. Whether in life or in legend,...


Jesus in America

by Richard W. Fox

Where else but America do people ask: What Would Jesus Do?

What Would Jesus Drive?

What Would Jesus Eat?

"This book is for believers and non-believers alike. It is not a book about whether one should believe in...