Self-Defence and Religious Strife in Early Modern Europe: England and Germany, 1530–1680

1st Edition

Robert von Friedeburg

Routledge
Published August 21, 2002
Reference - 290 Pages
ISBN 9780754601777 - CAT# Y231225
Series: St Andrews Studies in Reformation History

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Summary

Recent research has begun to highlight the importance of German arguments about legitimate resistance and self-defence for French, English and Scottish Protestants. This book systematically studies the reception of German thought in England, arguing that it played a much greater role than has hitherto been acknowledged. Both the Marian exiles, and others concerned with the fate of continental Protestantism, eagerly read what German reformers had to say about the possibility of resisting the religious policies of a monarch without compromising the institution of monarchy itself. However, the transfer of German arguments to England, with its individual political and constitutional environment, necessarily involved the subtle transformation of these arguments into forms compatible with local traditions. In this way, German arguments contributed significantly to the emergence of new theories, emphasising natural rights.

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