John Knox, Christopher Goodman and the ‘Example of Geneva’<sup>1</sup>

Jane E. A. Dawson

in The Reception of Continental Reformation in Britain

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Published in print December 2010 | ISBN: 9780197264683
Published online February 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780191734878 | DOI:

Series: Proceedings of the British Academy

John Knox, Christopher Goodman and the ‘Example of Geneva’1

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This chapter provides a narrative of the sustained use of Genevan forms of worship in the British Isles after Knox and Goodman’s return from exile. Genevan devotional practices were not strictly celebrated by the former exiles alone. The broader singing of metrical psalms in England aroused suspicion by authorities of a popular brand of Calvinism. It was not ultimately Cranmer’s Latin translation of the Bible that English and Scottish Protestants shared, but a common edition of the Bible produced by the English exile congregation in Geneva. Gaelic translations of the Geneva Bible intended for an Irish readership extended the edition’s use even further. The discussion also draws attention to Archbishop Adam Loftus’s missionary plan to deploy Goodman in Ireland in order to introduce reformed worship.

Keywords: Genevan worship; metrical psalms; Protestants; Geneva Bible; Archbishop Adam Loftus

Chapter.  13079 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Medieval and Renaissance History (500 to 1500)

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