A Companion to the Reformation in Central Europe


A Companion to the Reformation in Central Europe analyses the diverse Christian cultures of the Polish-Lithuanian Commonwealth, the Czech lands, Austria, and lands of the Hungarian kingdom between the 15th and 18th centuries. It establishes the geography of Reformation movements across this region, and then considers different movements of reform and the role played by Protestant, Catholic, and Orthodox clergy. This volume examines different contexts and social settings for reform movements, and investigates how cities, princely courts, universities, schools, books, and images helped spread ideas about reform. This volume brings together expertise on diverse lands and churches to provide the first integrated account of religious life in Central Europe during the early modern period.

Contributors are: Phillip Haberkern, Maciej Ptaszyński, Astrid von Schlachta, Márta Fata, Natalia Nowakowska, Luka Ilić, Michael Springer, Edit Szegedi, Mihály Balázs, Rona Johnston Gordon, Howard Louthan, Tadhg Ó hAnnracháin, Liudmyla Sharipova, Alexander Schunka, Rudolf Schlögl, Václav Bůžek, Mark Hengerer, Michael Tworek, Pál Ács, Maria Crăciun, Grażyna Jurkowlaniec, Laura Lisy-Wagner, and Graeme Murdock.

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Pages: 475–484
Graeme Murdock, D.Phil. (1996), University of Oxford, is Associate Professor of European History at Trinity College Dublin. His publications on Central European history include Calvinism on the Frontier: International Calvinism and the Reformed Church of Hungary and Transylvania (Oxford, 2000).

Howard Louthan, Ph.D. (1994), Princeton University, is Professor of History and Director of the Center for Austrian Studies at the University of Minnesota. His publications include The Quest for Compromise: Peacemakers in Counter-Reformation Vienna (Cambridge, 2006) and Converting Bohemia: Force and Persuasion in the Catholic Reformation (Cambridge, 2011).
“The authors of A Companion to the Reformation in Central Europe have provided an outstanding gateway to stretch the Reformation farther east and complicate the familiar tales of the Reformation. […] They make a strong case that examinations of the Reformation without Central Europe are simply incomplete. The work's broad scope, geographic and thematic organization, and wealth of footnotes makes Central Europe more accessible to scholars who wish to push their topics to the East. It also, to some extent, invalidates the excuse that the region is unapproachable because of the formidable language boundaries. Scholars should be aware of this considerable and fascinating area of Europe, and this book is an excellent place to start. This work enriches our understanding of the creation and reception of Reformation ideas and facilitates a European understanding of the Reformation just in time for the 500-year anniversary.” - Reid S. Weber, Fitchburg State University, in: The Medieval Review 16.11.37
“A magisterial, insightful, and replete collection that approaches the tangled web of Central European Reformation(s) from a variety of contextual focal points.” - Władysław Roczniak, Bronx Community College, CUNY, in: Renaissance Quarterly 70.3 (Fall 2017), pp. 1176-1178
“In addition to extensive quotations from source texts in the original languages, the volume contains illustrations, a timeline, a map of Central Europe, ca. 1550, a glossary of place names, notes on contributors, and an index. Overall, it is to be commended for managing to cover the entire temporal and geographical scope of its topic and for implicitly revealing difficult areas of Reformation scholarship. It is to be read by anybody interested in the European Reformation, especially in its geographical and societal aspects.” - Philipp Reisner, Heinrich-Heine-Universität Düsseldorf, in: Sixteenth Century Journal 48.2 (2017), pp. 510-512
“Grâce à la très belle qualité globale de ce recueil, Louthan et Murdock atteignent pleinement leur objectif. Ils offrent un aperçu synthétique sans équivalent d’une partie encore insuffisamment étudiée des mutations religieuses qui ont bouleversé la chrétienté européenne à l’époque des réformes.” - Hugues Daussy, Université de Franche-Comté, in: Renaissance and Reformation 41.3 (summer 2018), pp. 245-247

Map of Europe, ca. 1550

Glossary of Place-Name Equivalents

Notes on Contributors

List of Illustrations

Introduction (Howard Louthan and Graeme Murdock)

Part I: Contexts and Confessions

Chapter 1: The lands of the Bohemian crown (Phillip Haberkern)
Chapter 2: The Polish-Lithuanian Commonwealth (Maciej Ptaszyński)
Chapter 3: The Austrian lands (Astrid von Schlachta)
Chapter 4: The Kingdom of Hungary and Principality of Transylvania (Márta Fata)
Chapter 5: Reform before Reform? (Natalia Nowakowska)
Chapter 6: Protestant Reformers (Luka Ilić, Michael Springer, and Edit Szegedi)
Chapter 7: Antitrinitarianism (Mihály Balázs)
Chapter 8: Catholic Reformers (Rona Johnston Gordon, Howard Louthan, and Tadhg Ó hAnnracháin)
Chapter 9: Orthodox Reform (Liudmyla Sharipova)

Part II: Communities and Communication

Chapter 10: Social and Moral Discipline (Alexander Schunka)
Chapter 11: The Town and the Reformation as an event (Rudolf Schlögl)
Chapter 12: Nobles: Between religious compromise and revolt (Václav Bůžek)
Chapter 13: The monarch and court in the Habsburg lands (Mark Hengerer)
Chapter 14: Education: the Polish-Lithuanian Commonwealth (Michael Tworek)
Chapter 15: Bibles and Books: Bohemia and Hungary (Pál Ács and Howard Louthan)
Chapter 16: Visual cultures (Maria Crăciun and Grażyna Jurkowlaniec)
Chapter 17: Tolerance and Intolerance (Laura Lisy-Wagner and Graeme Murdock)


All interested in the history of the Reformation, and any with interests in the lands of Central Europe.
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