A Companion to the Swiss Reformation


A Companion to the Swiss Reformation describes the course of the Protestant Reformation in the Swiss Confederation over the course of the sixteenth century. Its essays examine the successes as well as the failures of the reformation movement, considering not only the institutional churches but also the spread of Anabaptism. The volume highlights the different form that the Reformation took among the members of the Confederation and its allied territories, and it describes the political, social and cultural consequences of the Reformation for the Confederation as a whole.

Contributors are: Irena Backus, Jan-Andrea Bernhard, Amy Nelson Burnett, Michael W. Bruening, Erich Bryner, Emidio Campi, Bruce Gordon, Kaspar von Greyerz, Sundar Henny, Karin Maag, Thomas Maissen, Regula Schmid-Keeling, Martin Sallmann, and Andrea Strübind.

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Amy Nelson Burnett, Ph.D. (1989), is the Varner Professor of History at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. She is the author of several books and articles on the Swiss Reformation, including Teaching the Reformation: Ministers and their Message in Basel, 1529-1629 (2006).

Emidio Campi, Dr. theol. Dr. h.c., is Professor Emeritus of Church History and Director Emeritus of the Institute for Swiss Reformation History at the University of Zurich. He has written widely on the Swiss Reformation. His latest book is Shifting Patterns of Reformed Tradition (2014).
“In scope and detail this book has no equal in the English language—or perhaps any language for that matter. […] without doubt the best available in its field.”
C. Arnold Snyder, Conrad Grebel University College. In: The Mennonite Quarterly Review, Vol. 91 (July 2017), pp. 428-432.

“This Companion can be recommended as a succinct point of orientation for all students and researchers with interest in the Swiss Reformation.”
Beat Kümin, University of Warwick. In: Journal of Ecclesiastical History, Vol. 68. No. 4 (October 2017), pp. 869-871.

“incredibly valuable to scholars […] the essays synthesize and present in English much of the recent research on the Swiss Reformation that has been written in French and German […] it is worth pointing out that in addition to the sophistication and scholarly value of the essays, this collection contains numerous maps and images, many in color, which is a rare treat for academic readers.”
Carrie Euler, Central Michigan University. In: Renaissance Quarterly, Vol. 71, No. 1 (Spring 2018), pp. 361-362.
List of Contributors
List of Maps
List of Illustrations

Part One: Background

Amy Nelson Burnett and Emidio Campi

Chapter One: The Swiss Confederation Before the Reformation
Regula Schmid

Part Two: The Reformation

Chapter Two: The Reformation in Zurich
Emidio Campi

Chapter Three: The Reformation in Bern
Martin Sallmann

Chapter Four: The Reformation in Basel
Amy Nelson Burnett

Chapter Five: The Reformation in Schaffhausen
Eric Bryner

Chapter Six: The Reformation in St. Gallen and Appenzell
Eric Bryner

Chapter Seven: Failed Reformations
Sundar Henny

Chapter Eight: The Reformation in the Three Leagues
Jan-Andrea Bernhard

Chapter Nine: Francophone Territories Allied to the Swiss Confederation
Michael W. Bruening

Chapter Ten: The Swiss Anabaptists
Andrea Strübind

Part Three: Outcomes

Chapter Eleven: Theological Profile
Emidio Campi

Chapter Twelve: Church Organization, Discipline, and Worship
Bruce Gordon

Chapter Thirteen: Schools and Education
Karin Maag

Chapter Fourteen: Swiss Society: Family, Gender, and the Poor
Kaspar von Greyerz

Chapter Fifteen: Reformation Culture
Irena Backus

Chapter Sixteen: Religious Stalemate and Confessional Alignments
Thomas Maissen

Students and scholars of early modern history, church history, and historical theology, as well as university and seminary libraries and educated laity interested in the Reformation.
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