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Brethren in Christ
A Calvinist Network in Reformation Europe

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  • Date Published: October 2011
  • availability: In stock
  • format: Hardback
  • isbn: 9781107008816

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  • This groundbreaking book explores the migration of Calvinist refugees in Europe during the Reformation, across a century of persecution, exile and minority existence. Ole Peter Grell follows the fortunes of some of the earliest Reformed merchant families, forced to flee from the Tuscan city of Lucca during the 1560s, through their journey to France during the Wars of Religion to the St Bartholomew Day Massacre and their search for refuge in Sedan. He traces the lives of these interconnected families over three generations as they settled in European cities from Geneva to London, marrying into the diaspora of Reformed merchants. Based on a potent combination of religion, commerce and family networks, these often wealthy merchants and highly skilled craftsmen were amongst the most successful of early modern capitalists. Brethren in Christ shows how this interconnected network, reinforced through marriage and enterprise, forged the backbone of international Calvinism in Reformation Europe.

    • Provides a truly European perspective on early modern Calvinism, from northern Italy, across France, Germany and the Netherlands, into England
    • Emphasises the significance of persecution and emigration on the development of Calvinism
    • Proposes a revision of the Weber thesis, highlighting that the success of these early modern capitalists was rooted in their shared experience of exodus and minority existence and only in the second instance a consequence of their Calvinist faith
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    "...the richness of detail provides the reader with a profound appreciation for the meaning of religious identity in early modern Europe." -Raymond A. Mentzer, Renaissance Quarterly

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    • Date Published: October 2011
    • format: Hardback
    • isbn: 9781107008816
    • length: 338 pages
    • dimensions: 236 x 160 x 22 mm
    • weight: 0.68kg
    • contains: 35 b/w illus. 2 maps
    • availability: In stock
  • Table of Contents

    Introduction
    1. The start of the Calvinist network: the journey from Lucca, via Lyon, to Paris
    2. A European network takes shape
    3. The Calvinist network and the Thirty Years War
    4. The collections for Calvinist exiles in England, Scotland and Ireland
    5. The collections for Calvinist exiles in the Dutch Republic, Switzerland, and France
    6. The benevolence of wealthy, individual 'Brethren in Christ'
    Epilogue.

  • Author

    Ole Peter Grell, The Open University, Milton Keynes
    Ole Peter Grell is Reader in History at the Open University. His previous publications include The Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse (as co-author, Cambridge University Press, 2000) and The Impact of the European Reformation: Princes, Clergy and People (as co-editor, 2008).

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