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Treacherous faith : the specter of heresy in early modern English literature and culture

Treacherous faith : the specter of heresy in early modern English literature and culture

Author: David Loewenstein
Publisher: Oxford ; New York, NY : Oxford University Press, 2013.
Edition/Format:   Print book : English : First editionView all editions and formats
"Treacherous Faith offers a new and ambitious cross-disciplinary account of the ways writers from the early English Reformation to the Restoration generated, sustained, or questioned cultural anxieties about heresy and heretics. This book examines the dark, often brutal story of defining, constructing, and punishing heretics in early modern England, and especially the ways writers themselves contributed to or  Read more...

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Genre/Form: Church history
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: David Loewenstein
ISBN: 9780199203390 0199203393 9780198778332 0198778333
OCLC Number: 858967817
Description: xii, 497 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
Contents: Introduction --
Part I : The specter of heresy and religious conflict in English Reformation literary culture --
Religious demonization, anti-heresy polemic, and Thomas More --
Anne Askew and the culture of heresy-hunting in Henry VIII's England --
Burning heretics and fashioning martyrs : religious violence in John Foxe and Reformation England --
The specter of heretics in later Elizabethan and Jacobean writing --
Part II : The war against heresy in Milton's England --
The specter of heresy and blasphemy in the English Revolution : from heresiographers to the spectacle of James Nayler --
The specter of heresy and the struggle for toleration : John Goodwin, William Walwyn, and Richard Overton --
John Milton : toleration and "Fantastic terrors of sect and schism" --
Fears of heresy, blasphemy, and religious schism in Milton's culture and Paradise lost --
Epilogue : making heretics and Bunyan's Vanity Fair.
Other Titles: Heresy in early modern English literature and culture
Responsibility: David Loewenstein.


Treacherous Faith is a major study of heresy and the literary imagination from the English Reformation to the Restoration. It analyzes both canonical and lesser-known writers who contributed to fears  Read more...


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Loewenstein is to be commended for ranging boldly across the whole period from the 1520s to the 1660s, and being impressively surefooted in the process,,, The book achieves its twin goals of Read more...

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