Journals Higher Education



Published: 01 June 2010

232 Pages

9.2 x 6.1 inches

ISBN: 9780719071065

Also Available As:


Bookseller Code (06)

The origins of the Scottish Reformation

Alec Ryrie

Published by Manchester University Press

Politics Culture and Society in Early Modern Britain MUP

  • There is no other survey of the Scottish Reformation in print, and no book has focused on the movement's origins since 1910
  • Refutes partisan Catholic and Protestant narratives to argue that the Reformation was contingent and unpredictable: other outcomes were possible until the last minute, and the eventual outcomes were determined by politics and violence as much as by religion
  • Pays serious attention to the international context of the Scottish Reformation: using European comparisons, attending to the direct influence of European events, and in particular looking at the role of England and the emergence of early ideas of 'British' identity
  • Recaptures the lived experience of this important period in which Scottish and British identity was remade