The Swiss Reformation

The Swiss Reformation

By Bruce Gordon

The Swiss Reformation

Book Information

  • Format: Paperback
  • ISBN: 978-0-7190-5118-0
  • Pages: 392
  • Publisher: Manchester University Press
  • Price: £17.99
  • Published Date: July 2002
  • BIC Category: Humanities / Early modern history: c 1450/1500 to c 1700, HISTORY / General, c 1500 onwards to present day, History, History & Archaeology, History
  • Series: New Frontiers


The Swiss Reformation was a seminal event of the sixteenth century which created a Protestant culture whose influence spread across Europe from Transylvania to Scotland. Offers the first comprehensive study of the Swiss Reformation and argues that the movement must be understood in terms of the historical evolution of the Swiss Confederation, its unique and fluid structures, the legacy of the mercenary trade, the distinctive character of Swiss theology, the powerful influence of Renaissance humanism, and, most decisively, the roles played by the dominant figures, Huldrych Zwingli and Heinrich Bullinger. Marked by astounding creative energy, incendiary preaching, burning political passions, peasant revolts, and breath-taking scholarship, as well as by painful divisions, civil war, executions and dashed hopes, the story of the Swiss Reformation is told with extensive use of primary sources. Explores the narrative of events before turning to consider themes such as the radical opposition, church and community, daily life in the Confederation, cultural achievements and the Swiss place in the wider European Reformation world.


Bruce Gordon is Lecturer in Modern History at the University of St Andrews and Deputy Director of the St Andrews Reformation Studies Institute


Table of contents
Table of maps
1. Peasants, priests and soldiers: The Swiss Confederation in the Late Middle Ages
2. Zwingli and Zurich
3. The spread of the Reformation
4. War and disaster 1529-1534
5. Consolidation and turmoil 1534-1566
6. The radical challenge
7. Church building
8. Church and society
9. International Zwinglianism
10. Culture of the Swiss Reformation
Principal figures
Further reading

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