The Renaissance and Reformation in Northern Europe

Edited by Kenneth R. Bartlett and Margaret McGlynn

© 2014

This updated version of Humanism and the Northern Renaissance now includes over 60 documents exploring humanist and Renaissance ideals, the zeal of religion, and the wealth of the new world. Together, the sources illuminate the chaos and brilliance of the historical period—as well as its failures and inconsistencies.

The reader has been thoroughly revised to meet the needs of the undergraduate classroom. Over 30 historical documents have been added, including material by Martin Luther, John Calvin, John Knox, William Shakespeare, Christopher Columbus, Miguel de Cervantes, and Galileo Galilei. In the introduction, Bartlett and McGlynn identify humanism as the central expression of the European Renaissance and explain how this idea migrated from Italy to northern Europe. The editors also emphasize the role of the church and Christianity in northern Europe and detail the events leading up to the Reformation. A short essay on how to read historical documents is included. Each reading is preceded by a short introduction and ancillary materials can be found on UTP's History Matters website (www.utphistorymatters.com).

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This updated version of Humanism and the Northern Renaissance now includes over 60 documents exploring humanist and Renaissance ideals, the zeal of religion, and the wealth of the new world.

The Renaissance and Reformation in Northern Europe

Edited by Kenneth R. Bartlett and Margaret McGlynn

© 2014

This updated version of Humanism and the Northern Renaissance now includes over 60 documents exploring humanist and Renaissance ideals, the zeal of religion, and the wealth of the new world. Together, the sources illuminate the chaos and brilliance of the historical period—as well as its failures and inconsistencies.

The reader has been thoroughly revised to meet the needs of the undergraduate classroom. Over 30 historical documents have been added, including material by Martin Luther, John Calvin, John Knox, William Shakespeare, Christopher Columbus, Miguel de Cervantes, and Galileo Galilei. In the introduction, Bartlett and McGlynn identify humanism as the central expression of the European Renaissance and explain how this idea migrated from Italy to northern Europe. The editors also emphasize the role of the church and Christianity in northern Europe and detail the events leading up to the Reformation. A short essay on how to read historical documents is included. Each reading is preceded by a short introduction and ancillary materials can be found on UTP's History Matters website (www.utphistorymatters.com).

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  • Division: Higher Education
  • World Rights
  • Page Count: 312 pages
  • Dimensions: 8.0in x 0.7in x 10.0in
  • Reviews

    An essential collection of primary source documents that vividly brings this tumultuous period to life through the words of the change-makers. Representing a wide variety of document types, including legal documents, letters, journals, sermons, speeches, and works of poetry and fiction, this text will allow students of history to gain immediate access to the hearts and minds of a compelling cast of key historical figures. It is an indispensable teaching tool for university courses on the history and culture of the Renaissance and Reformation.
    Erin J. Campbell, University of Victoria

    Bartlett and McGlynn have provided a superb collection of primary source documents for the Renaissance and Reformation eras in northern Europe. Each selection is effectively prefaced with helpful information on the author and the context of the document. Students are also provided with a useful guide on how to read primary historical sources to obtain a critical understanding of the significance of the sources.
    Chris L. Nighman, Wilfrid Laurier University
  • Author Information

    Margaret McGlynn is Associate Professor of History at Western University . She is the author of The Royal Prerogative and the Learning of the Inns of Court (2003).


    Kenneth R. Bartlett is Professor of History and Renaissance Studies at the University of Toronto. He is the author of The English in Italy 1525–1558: A Study in Culture and Politics (1991), The Civilization of the Italian Renaissance: A Sourcebook (2011), and A Short History of the Italian Renaissance (2013).
  • Table of contents

    Acknowledgements
    Introduction
    How to Read a Historical Document

    Chapter 1: The Background to Reform

    1. Cardinal Guillaume Filastre (1348–1428)
    Diary of the Council of Constance
    2. Peter of Mladonovice (1390s–1451)
    The End of the Saintly and Reverend Master John Hus
    3. Aeneas Silvius Piccolomini (Pius II) (1405–64)
    First Book of the Commentaries
    4. John Wyclif (c. 1330–84)
    Of Wedded Men and Wives and of Their Children Also
    5. Thomas à Kempis (1379/80–1471)
    The Imitation of Christ

    Chapter 2: Early Northern Humanism
    6. Conrad Celtis (1459–1508)
    Oration Delivered Publicly in the University of Ingolstadt
    7. Sir Thomas More (1478–1535)
    Letter to the Professors and Masters of the University of Oxford
    8. Desiderius Erasmus of Rotterdam (1466?–1536)
    Letter to Jodocus Jonus on Vitrier and Colet
    9. William Roper (c. 1495–1578)
    The Life of Sir Thomas More
    10. Desiderius Erasmus of Rotterdam (1466?–1536)
    The Paraclesis
    11. Cardinal Francisco Ximenes (1436–1517)
    Prologue to the Polyglot
    12. Desiderius Erasmus of Rotterdam (1466?–1536)
    A Pilgrimage for Religion's Sake

    Chapter 3: The Protestant Reformation
    Luther
    13. Martin Luther (1483–1546)
    To the Christian Nobility
    The Radical Reformation
    14. Anonymous (1525)
    The Twelve Articles
    15. Martin Luther (1483–1546)
    An Admonition to Peace
    16. Martin Luther (1483–1546)
    Against the Robbing and Murdering Hordes
    17. Thomas Müntzer (1489–1525)
    A Highly Provoked Defense
    Mothers of the Church
    18. Katharina Schütz Zell (1498–1562)
    Letter to . . . Strasbourg
    19. Argula von Grumbach (c. 1492–1554)
    To Adam von Thering
    Calvin
    20. Michael Servetus (1511–53)
    On the Errors of the Trinity
    21. John Calvin (1509–64)
    Reply to Sadoleto
    England
    22. Simon Fish (d. 1531)
    A Supplication for the Beggars
    23. Prohibition of Appeals to Rome
    24. Anne Askew (c. 1520–46)
    The Two Examinations
    Luther's Impact
    25. Philip Melancthon (1497–1560)
    Funeral Oration over Luther

    Chapter 4: The Catholic Reformation
    26. Consilium De Emendanda Ecclesia, 1537
    27. The Capuchin Constitutions of 1536
    28. Ignatius Loyola (1491–1556)
    Letter on Obedience
    29. Teresa of Avila (1515–82)
    Spiritual Testimonies

    Chapter 5: Social Relations
    30. The Trial of Mary and Joseph
    31. Malleus Maleficarum
    32. Sir Thomas More (1478–1535)
    Utopia, Book I
    33. Martin Luther (1483–1546)
    On the Family
    34. Marguerite de Navarre (1492–1549)
    The Heptameron
    35. Hans Sachs (1494–1576)
    The Old Game
    36. Michel de Montaigne (1533–92)
    On Experience
    37. Thomas Deloney
    Jack of Newbury
    38. Juan Luis Vives (1492–1540)
    On Assistance to the Poor
    39. William Shakespeare (1564–1616)
    Ulysses on Degree, from Troilus and Cressida

    Chapter 6: Discovering New Worlds Abroad
    Going West
    40. Christopher Columbus (1451–1506)
    The Privileges Accorded to Columbus by Ferdinand and Isabella
    41. Gonzalo Fernandez de Oviedo (1478–1557)
    General and Natural History of the Indies
    42. Bernal Díaz (1492–1581)
    The Expedition of Francisco Hernández de Córdoba
    43. Stephen Parmenius of Buda (c. 1541–83)
    Letter to . . . Richard Hakluyt . . . From St. John's Harbour, Newfoundland, 1583
    Going East
    44. Richard Hakluyt (c. 1552–1616)
    The book made by . . . Mr. Robert Thorne in the year 1527 in Seville, to Dr. Ley
    45. Sir Martin Frobisher (c. 1535–94)
    The second voyage of Captain Frobisher, made to the West and Northwest regions, in the yere 1577
    46. Richard Hakluyt (c. 1552–1616)
    Notes given in 1580 to Mr. Arthur Pet, and to Mr. Charles Jackman, sent by the merchants of the Muscovy Company for the discovery of the Northeast Strait

    Chapter 7: Imagining New Worlds at Home
    47. William Caxton (b. 1415–24, d. 1492)
    Prologue to the Translation of the Eneydos
    48. Miguel de Cervantes (1547–1616)
    Don Quixote: Dedication to the Duke of Béjar and the Prologue
    49. Miguel de Cervantes (1547–1616)
    Don Quixote
    50. Nostradamus (Michel de Nostradame) (1503–66)
    Letter to King Henri II of France
    51. The Fugger Newsletters (1568–1604)
    52. Galileo Galilei (1564–1642)
    Letter to the Grand Duchess Christina
    53. John Shute (d. 1563)
    The First and Chief Groundes of Architecture
    54. Jean Bodin (1530–96)
    Method for the Easy Comprehension of History
    55. François Rabelais (1483–1533)
    Gargantua and Pantagruel
    56. William Shakespeare (1564–1616)
    The Merchant of Venice

    Chapter 8: Renaissance and Reformation Politics
    57. Sir Thomas Elyot (c. 1490–1546)
    The Boke Named the Governour
    58. Desiderius Erasmus of Rotterdam (1466?–1536)
    The Education of a Christian Prince
    59. Juan Luis Vives (1492–1540)
    On The Writing of Letters
    60. Emperor Charles V (1500–58)
    Advice to his Son
    61. John Knox (c. 1514–72)
    The First Blast of the Trumpet against the Monstrous Regiment of Women
    62. Queen Elizabeth I of England (1533–1603)
    Queen Elizabeth's First Speech, Hatfield, November 20, 1558 and Richard Mulcaster's Account of Queen Elizabeth's Speech
    63. Theodore Beza (1519–1605)
    On the Right of Magistrates

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