In the Tudor struggle for Reformation and Catholic Reformation, for power and for souls, Richard Smyth, theologian and educator, refined the art of polemicism to fight against the advance of heresy at home and abroad, both in the lingua franca of academic circles and the language of his own people.
A much neglected voice today, Smyth spoke passionately and influentially on justification, monastic vows, and the Eucharist. He clashed with leading reformers such as Bucer, Cranmer, Jewel and Vermigli in verbal debates and in print. New evidence from Douai shows how he trained and equipped a younger generation to continue the fight.
A fascinating and enlightening work for the interested layperson and the expert alike, Dr. Loewe’s scholarly and readable study dissects catholic reactions to the religious upheaval in England during the reigns of three successive Tudor monarchs.
J. Andreas Löwe, Ph.D. (2001) in Ecclesiastical History, University of Cambridge, is a historian and a priest. He has published on key aspects of the English Reformations and the history of the church in the Low Countries.
This is an impressive monograph.'
Thomas M. McCoog,
Sixteenth Century Journal, 2004.
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All those with an interest in the English Reformations, the development of polemical writings in the Reformation period, the history of the church in the Low Countries, as well as Renaissance philologists and theologians.