Sixteenth Century Essays & Studies, Vol. 32
This volume is an excellent introduction to Calvinist morals’ control in sixteenth-century Geneva, France, Germany, the Netherlands, and Scotland. The Calvinists were typically seen as stricter than Lutherans, Catholics, or Anglicans—and in some ways as strict as groups associated with the Radical Reformation. The six case studies presented here are based largely on archival research. They explore the Calvinist endeavor to set high standards of behavior and to enforce them through the consistory.
Raymond A. Mentzer
The First Calvinist Divorce
Robert M. Kingdon
Reform and Supervision of Family Life in Germany and the Netherlands
“The Great Difficulties One Must Bear to FollowJesus Christ”: Morality at Sixteenth-Century Nîmes
Marking the Taboo: Excommunication in French Reformed Churches
Raymond A. Mentzer
Social Discipline in Scotland, 1560-1610
The “Kirk By Law Established” and Origins of “The Taming of Scotland”: Saint Andrews, 1559-1600
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Excellent essays…these lively treatments carry considerable clout and conviction. All together, the book is interesting, a bit partisan, but thorough, provocative, and largely convincing. Mentzer and his colleagues are to be commended.
Anyone who wants to learn more about the progress of the Reformed branch of the Reformation in its early decades will find this book well worth reading.
—The Catholic Historical Review
This is a superior book. It is effectively edited and nicely introduce by Ray Mentzer. The chapters are uniformly excellent with extensive archival bases. It is handsomely published with an excellent index. It will be for some time a standard reference tool for Calvinist morality in sixteenth-century Europe.
—Sixteenth Century Journal
Anyone interested in Reformed discipline, especially as it relates to sexual and family matters, will find this collection extremely valuable.
—Journal of Ecclesiastical History