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‘A Generall Reformation of Common Learning’ and its Reception in the English-Speaking World, 1560–1642

Howard Hotson

in The Reception of Continental Reformation in Britain

Published by British Academy

Published in print December 2010 | ISBN: 9780197264683
Published online February 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780191734878 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.5871/bacad/9780197264683.003.0009

Series: Proceedings of the British Academy

‘A Generall Reformation of Common Learning’ and its Reception in the English-Speaking World, 1560–1642

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This chapter provides a synthesis of the ‘Reformation of Common Learning’, which progressively developed from Peter Ramus’s pedagogy in the mid-sixteenth century to the work of the Moravian Comenius in the mid-seventeenth. The essay stretches the traditional periodisation and disciplinary boundaries often applied to reformation studies. By implication, it calls into question the understanding of a seventeenth-century ‘post-reformation’ era, a point underscored by mid-seventeenth-century writers such as Milton who spoke of reform as a continuous process. The wider intellectual currents that were contemporaneous to sixteenth- and seventeenth-century theological developments become essential to understanding the reception of reformation.

Keywords: Moravian Comenius; Peter Ramus; reformation studies; Milton; theological developments

Chapter.  15864 words. 

Subjects: Medieval and Renaissance History (500 to 1500)

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