Article in Archiv für Reformationsgeschichte, 101 (2010) co-written with Professor Mark Greengrass

johnbalePart of a ‘focal point’ series examining the Renaissance sense of the past called ‘The Protestant Reformation and the Middle Ages’. This article examines how both John Bale and John Foxe tackled England’s history as redefined by the English reformation. The first half of the article focuses on the re-gathering of England’s manuscript heritage after its removal and partial destruction caused by the dissolution of the monasteries. Bale is crucial to this story in the first instance, then Archbishop Matthew Parker much later. Both men were strongly influenced by the German Magdeburg Centuriators and John Leland, both of which suggested a way forward for England’s history as a means to support current religious policy. John Foxe fits into the picture in the second half, by providing the polemical argument required to make England’s manuscript heritage usable again.

The articles slots into the wider discussion with Mark Greengrass and Matthias Pohlig providing the overarching framework of the argument in a preface, Harold Bollbuck focusing in on the Magdeburg Centuries and the Melanchthon School, Matthias Pohlig examining Matthias Flacius and Simon Goulart, and Irena Backus looking at religious biography.