- Cultural Reformations
- List of Illustrations
- List of Abbreviations
- List of Contributors
- National Histories
- Literary Histories
- Enclosed Spaces
- The Eucharist
- The Saints
- Vernacular Theology
- When English Became Latin
- Heresy and Treason
- Naughty Printed Books
- Utopian Pleasure
- Poetic Fame
- London Books and London Readers
- The Reformation of the Household
- Active and Contemplative Lives
- Autobiography and the History of Reading
Abstract and Keywords
This article explores the problems arising from the asymmetrical status of mysticism across the period between medieval and Renaissance. It begins with James Nayler’s mysticism before proceeding with a discussion of vernacular theology in relation to social and cultural change during the period between Lollardy and the English Civil War. It then considers the failure of mysticism in the context of historiography, the connections between religious literature produced across the period between Lollardy and the English Civil War, and how confessionalization gave rise to Protestantism and Roman Catholicism. It also examines the religious writings of Julian of Norwich and George Herbert before concluding with an assessment of religious reform in Western Europe during the period.
Thomas Betteridge is Professor of Theatre at Brunel University. He has published numerous pieces on English Reformation drama, literature, and history. His books include Tudor Histories of the English Reformations (Ashgate, 1999), Literature and Politics in the English Reformation (Manchester University Press, 2004), and Shakespearean Fantasy and Politics (University of Hertfordshire Press, 2005). His monograph on Sir Thomas More will be published in 2013 by the University of Notre Dame Press. He is also co-editor, with Greg Walker, of The Oxford Handbook of Tudor Drama (Oxford University Press, 2012).
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