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This special issue is devoted to the English Reformations and current historiography. The title intentionally pluralizes the traditionally singular noun Reformation to signify a scope that includes both the early Reformation (through to 1547) and continuing senses of reformation through to the later seventeenth century. But the plural also encourages investigation of what has seemed a mistaken homogenization of the religious and political processes involved at all stages of "the Reformation." The articles in this issue look at the grand narratives into which the minute particulars of historical processes are perceived, interpreted, and occluded. They also carefully attend to the place of theology and its diverse traditions in these processes together with its relations to the political imaginary and practices driving what Eamon Duffy memorably calls "the stripping of the altars." © 2010 by Duke University Press.






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Aers, D, and N Smith (2010). English reformations. Journal of Medieval and Early Modern Studies, 40(3). pp. 425–438. 10.1215/10829636-2010-001 Retrieved from https://hdl.handle.net/10161/4416.

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David Aers

James B. Duke Distinguished Professor of English

David Aers is James B. Duke Professor of English and Historical Theology, with appointments in both the English Department and the Divinity School. His work on medieval and early modern literature, theology, and political culture ranges across disciplinary and temporal boundaries, with a deep interest in tracing the nuances and complexities of Christian tradition and its relations to culture, politics, and ethics across the medieval/early modern divide. His most recent publications include Versions of Election: From Langland and Aquinas to Calvin and Milton (Notre Dame UP, 2020), which explores concepts of Predestination and Reprobation in Christian tradition from the Middle Ages through the Reformation; and (with co-editor Sarah Beckwith) a special issue of the Journal of Medieval and Early Modern Studies on “Imagining the Virtues: Medieval and Early Modern Histories” (July 2022), devoted to examining the aftermaths of the Reformation on habits, practices, and conceptualizations of virtue and virtue ethics. Currently, Aers is working on a broad-ranging exploration of how the Reformation transformed understandings of God and humanity in relation to medieval Christian teachings. A forthcoming essay related to this project, “The Letter Kills but the Spirit Gives Life (2 Corinthians 3:6): Or, What Happened to Enemy Love?,” will appear in a volume honouring Prof. James Simpson in 2024.

David Aers continues as co-editor of the Journal of Medieval and Early Modern Studies. He was also co-editor, with Sarah Beckwith (Duke) and James Simpson (Harvard), of the Notre Dame University Press series entitled ReFormations, devoted to work that bridges the institutionalized division between medieval and early modern studies. David Aers is currently Director of the Center for Medieval and Renaissance Studies at Duke.

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