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Order of Contents

General History  6
Eve of the Reformation  6
Erasmus
Histories of the Reformation
Specific Nations:
.     Germany
.     Netherlands
.     England
.     Ireland
.     Italy
.     Spain
.     France
.     Switzerland
.     Eastern Europe

Special Topics
Historical Theology
Political Thought
Art

Encyclopedias & Dictionaries
Primary Sources
Bibliographies

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General History

The Cambridge Modern History, vols. 2 (Reformation), 3 (Religious Wars), 4 (30 Years War), 5 (Age of Louis XIV)  1907  Index 

The New Cambridge Modern History, vol. 2, (Reformation), 3 (Counter-Reformation), 4 (30 Years War), 5 (France), 6 (1688-1715)  1990

ed. Dewald, Jonathan – Europe 1450-1789: Encyclopedia of the Early Modern World, 6 vols.  Buy  2004

ed. Brady, Oberman & Tracy – Handbook of European History, 1400-1600, 2 vols.  Buy  1996

ed. Scott, Hamish – The Oxford Handbook of Early Modern History, 1350-1750, 2 vols.  Buy  2015 

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Maps

The Cambridge Modern History Atlas  1912  720 pp.

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Articles

Miller, Samuel – An Introductory Essay to: An Essay on the Spirit and Influence of the Reformation  1833  12 pp.

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Eve of the Reformation

Ullmann, C. – The Reformers Before the Reformation, Principally in Germany and the Netherlands, vol. 1, 2  1863

Maynard Smith, H. – Pre-Reformation England  Buy  1938  556 pp.

Hodgson, William – The Lives, Sentiments and Sufferings of Some of the Reformers and Martyrs Before, Since and Independent of the Lutheran Reformation  1867  465 pp.

trans. Malcom – Old German Theology a Hundred Years before the Reformation  with a preface by Martin Luther  1854  185 pp.  This is a primary source document

Jackson, Samuel – Huldreich Zwingli, the Reformer of German Switzerland, 1484-1531, with an Historical Survey of Switzerland before the Reformation, and a chapter on Zwingli’s Theology  1903  630 pp.

Gasquet, Abbot – The Eve of the Reformation: Studies in Religious Life and Thought of the English People in the Period Preceding the Rejection of the Roman Jurisdiction by Henry VIII  1905  415 pp.

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Erasmus  7

1800’s

Emerton, Ephraim – Desiderius Erasmus of Rotterdam  1899  575 pp.

Froude, J.A. – Life and Letters of Erasmus: Lectures  1894  435 pp.

Froude was an Oxford professor of modern history.

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1900’s

Allen, P.S. – The Age of Erasmus  1914  300 pp.

Murray, Robert – Erasmus and Luther: their Attitude to Toleration  1920  530 pp.

Phillips, M.M. – Erasmus and the Northern Renaissance  Buy  1950  236 pp.

Huizinga, J. – Erasmus of Rotterdam with a Selection from the Letters of Erasmus  1957  305 pp.

Taylor, Henry Osborn – Erasmus and Luther  1962  Book 2 of Thought and Expression in the Sixteenth Century

ed. Bietenholz, Peter & Thomas Deutscher – Contemporaries of Erasmus: A Biographical Register of the Renaissance and Reformation, 3 vols.  Buy  1985-7

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Short & Medium Histories of the Reformation

1800’s

Tulloch, John – Leaders of the Reformation: Luther, Calvin, Latimer, Knox, the Representative Men of Germany, France, England and Scotland  1860  300 pp.

Carter, Thomas – History of the Great Reformation in England, Ireland, Scotland, Germany, France and Italy  1860  370 pp.

Lindsay, Thomas – The Reformation  1882  230 pp.  in Handbooks for Bible Classes

Bettany, G.T. – A Popular History of the Reformation and Modern Protestantism  1895  555 pp.

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1900’s

Whitney, James Pounder – The Reformation, being an Outline of the History of the Church from 1503-1648  1907  505 pp.

“Fuller than others on Trent.” – Owen Chadwick

Green, V.H.H. – Renaissance & Reformation  Buy  1952  462 pp.

Bainton, Roland

The Age of the Reformation  1956  198 pp.

The Reformation of the Sixteenth Century  1952  300 pp.

Sykes, Norman – The Crisis of the Reformation  125 pp.  1958

Leonard, Emile G. – A History of Protestantism  1968  490 pp.

Leonard (1891-1961) was a French historian who for a time taught at the Free Faculty of Reformed Theology of Aix-en-Provence.

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Large Histories of the Reformation

1800’s

D’Aubigne, Merle – History of the Great Reformation of the Sixteenth Century in Germany, Switzerland, etc.  1846  4 vols. in 1

Wylie, J.A. – The History of Protestantism, vol. 1, 2, 3 

Wylie was of the Free Church of Scotland.  This is a classic, vigorous defense of Protestantism.

Lindsay, Thomas – A History of the Reformation, vol. 1, 2  1908  in International Theological Library

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1900’s

Smith, Preserved – The Age of the Reformation  1920  870 pp.

“An excellent one-volume study.” – Owen Chadwick

Grimm, Harold – The Reformation Era, 1500-1650  1956  660 pp.

“Sober and up to date.” – Owen Chadwick

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Literature

chs. 5-7 of The Cambridge History of English Literature, vol. 7, ‘Cavalier & Puritan’  1911

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Missions

Warneck, Gustav – Outline of a History of Protestant Missions from the Reformation to the Present Time, with an Appendix concerning Roman Catholic Missions  1906  480 pp.

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Roman Catholicism

Creighton, Mandell – A History of the Papacy During the Reformation, vol. 1 (1378-1418), 2 (1418-1464), 3 (1464-1518), 4 (1464-1518), 5 (1517-1527)  1882

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The Jesuits

McCabe, Joseph – A Candid History of the Jesuits  1913  465 pp.

Campbell, Thomas J. – The Jesuits: 1534-1931, vol. 1, 2  1921  505 pp.

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The Counter Reformation

Janelle, Pierre – The Catholic Reformation  1949  425 pp.

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The Council of Trent

Froude, James – Lectures on the Council of Trent  1896  335 pp.

Froude was an Oxford professor of modern history.

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From a Roman Catholic Perspective

Belloc, Hilaire

How the Reformation Happened  Buy  1950  180 pp.

Belloc was an Anglo-French writer and historian.

Characters of the Reformation  1955  215 pp.

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Radicals

Kautsky, Karl – Communism in Central Europe in the Time of the Reformation  1897  305 pp.

Bibliography

Williams, George – ‘Studies in the Radical Reformation (1517-1618): A Bibliographical Survey of Research since 1939’ & ‘(Continued)’  in Church History, Vol. 27, No. 1 (Mar., 1958), pp. 46-69 & Vol. 27, No. 2 (Jun., 1958), pp. 124-160

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The Spirit & Significance of the Reformation

Various – The Sure Word of Prophecy: Sermons and Addresses on te Reformation and the Lutheran Church  1908  160 pp.

Schmucker, S.S. – Discourse in Commemoration of the Glorious Reformation of the Sixteenth Century  1838  130 pp.

Villers, Charles – An Essay on the Spirit and Influence of the Reformation of Luther  1805  407 pp.

Hough, Lynn – The Significance of the Protestant Reformation: a Series of Lectures  1918  105 pp.

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Thought of the Era

Taylor, Henry – Thought and Expression in the Sixteenth Century, vol. 1, 2  1920

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Special Topics

ed. Kingdon, Robert – Transition and Revolution: Problems and Issues of European Renaissance and Reformation History  (Minneapolis: Burgess Pub. Co., 1974)

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Historical Theology of the Reformation

trans. Malcom – Old German Theology a Hundred Years before the Reformation  with a preface by Martin Luther  1854  185 pp.  This is a primary source document

Cunningham, William – The Reformers and the Theology of the Reformation  Buy  1862  608 pp.

Here Cunningham is at his best, church history and the principles of the Reformation being his life’s work.

McCormack, Bruce – For Us and Our Salvation: Incarnation and Atonement in the Reformed Tradition  1993  48 pp.

McCormack surveys Calvin, Bullinger and Ursinus on the topic, though unfortunately finds the solution to his theological questions in the very highly, NOT-recommended, theology of Karl Barth, the founder of Neo-Orthodoxy.

Muller, Gerhard – Protestant Theology in Scotland and Germany in the Early Days of the Reformation  1978/1985  15 pp.

Krauth, Charles P. – The Conservative Reformation and its Theology: as Represented in the Augsburg Confession and in the History and Literature of the Evangelical Lutheran Church  1872  855 pp.

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Political Thought

Allen, J.W. – History of Political Thought in the 16th Century  1951  520 pp.

Zagorin, Perez – A History of Political Thought in the English Revolution  1997  215 pp.

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History and Character of Calvinism

McNeill, J.T. – The History and Character of Calvinism  Buy  1954  480 pp.  Also helpful for Zwingli

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Architecture

Randall, Katharine – Philibert De L’Orme, Protestantism and Architecture: Peculiarities of Style  1993  75 pp.

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Art

Coulton, G.G. – Art and the Reformation  1923  680 pp.  Cambridge

Christensen, Carl – Art and the Reformation in Germany  1979  280 pp.

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Encyclopedias

ed. Bietenholz, Peter & Thomas Deutscher – Contemporaries of Erasmus: A Biographical Register of the Renaissance and Reformation, 3 vols.  Buy  1985-7

Oxford Encyclopedia of the Reformation, 4 vols.  Buy  1996

ed. Lamport, Mark – Encyclopedia of Martin Luther and the Reformation  Buy  2017  1,000 pp.

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Dictionaries

ed. Steimer, Bruno – Dictionary of the Reformation  Buy  2004  384 pp.  Encyclopedia of Theology and Church

Mullett, Michael – Historical Dictionary of the Reformation and Counter-Reformation  Buy  2010  594 pp.  Historical Dictionaries of Religions, Philosophies, and Movements

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Primary Sources

Original Languages

The fullest set of Corpus Reformatorum online.

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In English

Kidd, B.J. – Documents Illustrative of the Continental Reformation  1911  760 pp.  About half of the documents or so are in non-English languages.

Kidd was an Anglican.

The Library of Christian Classics, vols. 14-26  Buy  Westminster John Knox Press  This is a liberal publisher, but an honest and standard series.

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Creeds & Confessions

ed. Dennison, 4 vols.

ed. Lumpkin, W.L. – Baptist Confessions of Faith  Buy  1959  548 pp.  This contains the largest collection of anabaptist historical confessions that is easily available.

ed. Schaff, Philip – The Creeds of Christendom, vol. 3: The Creeds of the Evangelical Protestant Churches  1877  935 pp.  For historical background on these creeds, see vol. 1, chs. 5-8.

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Anabaptists

Stayer, James – Ch. 5, ‘The Anabaptists and the Sects’  in The New Cambridge Modern History  1990/2004

Newcomb, Harvey – The Anabaptists: being an account of the progress of the Reformation in Germany, from the Diet of Worms to the death of Frederic, Elector of Saxony, comprising a history of the Anabaptists or Mennonites, , with remarks on Fanaticism, Riots, War, Oaths, Baptism, the Sabbath, and other Subjects  1836  225 pp.

Payne, Ernest – The Anabaptists of the Sixteenth Century and their Influence in the Modern World  1949  17 pp.

Smeeton, Donald – ‘Calvin’s Conflict with the Anabaptists’  1980  9 pp.

Littell, Franklin – The Anabaptist View of the Church: a Study in the Origins of Sectarian Protestantism  1958

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Confessions of Anabaptists

ed. Lumpkin, W.L. – Baptist Confessions of Faith  Buy  1959  548 pp.  This contains the largest collection of anabaptist historical confessions that is easily available.

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Bibliographies

Bainton, Roland – Bibliography of the Continental Reformation: Materials Available in English  Buy  1935, rev. 1972

Martin Luther

Bigane, John – Annotated Bibliography of Luther Studies, 1967-1977  Buy  Sixteenth Century Bibliography

Hagen, Kenneth & Franz Possett – Annotated Bibliography of Luther Studies, 1977-1983  Buy  Sixteenth Century Bibliography

Anderson, Marvin Walter – Peter Martyr: A Reformer in Exile (1542-1562). A Chronology of Biblical Writings in England and Europe  Buy  1975

ed. Baker, Derek – The Bibliography of the Reform, 1450-1648, Relating to the United Kingdom and Ireland for the Years 1955-1970  Buy  1975

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