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.
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.
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.
Table of contents
Acknowledgments List of Contributors Abbreviations List of Maps List of Illustrations
Part One: Background
Amy Nelson Burnett and Emidio Campi
Chapter One: The Swiss Confederation Before the Reformation
Part Two: The Reformation
Chapter Two: The Reformation in Zurich
Chapter Three: The Reformation in Bern
Chapter Four: The Reformation in Basel
Amy Nelson Burnett
Chapter Five: The Reformation in Schaffhausen
Chapter Six: The Reformation in St. Gallen and Appenzell
Chapter Seven: Failed Reformations
Chapter Eight: The Reformation in the Three Leagues
Chapter Nine: Francophone Territories Allied to the Swiss Confederation
Michael W. Bruening
Chapter Ten: The Swiss Anabaptists
Part Three: Outcomes
Chapter Eleven: Theological Profile
Chapter Twelve: Church Organization, Discipline, and Worship
Chapter Thirteen: Schools and Education
Chapter Fourteen: Swiss Society: Family, Gender, and the Poor
Kaspar von Greyerz
Chapter Fifteen: Reformation Culture
Chapter Sixteen: Religious Stalemate and Confessional Alignments
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.