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Undergraduate Course: Reformations: Britain and Ireland 1475-1600 (ECHS10022)

Course Outline
SchoolSchool of Divinity CollegeCollege of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences
Credit level (Normal year taken)SCQF Level 10 (Year 3 Undergraduate) AvailabilityAvailable to all students
SCQF Credits20 ECTS Credits10
SummaryThis course enables students to examine the complex series of reformations which occurred in England, Wales, Ireland and Scotland over the course of the sixteenth century. It considers especially the relation between intellectual, social, political and religious forces and the ways in which these combined to shape national and confessional identities, to promote cohesion, and to sow the seeds of future conflict and division. It also looks at the impact of all these changes, both positive and negative, on the lives and beliefs of ordinary men and women, examining them as both passive recipients and active shapers of reformation.
Course description A: Academic Description
This course enables students to examine the complex series of reformations which occurred in England, Wales, Ireland and Scotland over the course of the sixteenth century. In particular, it considers the relation between intellectual, social, political and religious forces and the ways in which these combined to shape national and confessional identities, to promote cohesion, and to sow the seeds of future conflict and division. It does so through the reading and analysing of key texts, both primary and secondary, from a range of different national and confessional perspectives. At the same time students will be encouraged to integrate these perspectives into a wider narrative of Reformation in Britain and Ireland.

B: Syllabus/Outline Content
See below for a prospective outline (precise topics may be subject to change). The course begins with a common pre-Reformation narrative concerning late medieval Catholicism and reform in the four nations. From here it moves on to consider the distinctive features of the different national reformations, particularly considering the way in which Tudor dynastic politics impacted the successive Henrician, Edwardian and Marian Reformations in England, Wales and Ireland. The narrative then links into the Scottish Reformation and the religious settlement of 1560, offering opportunity for comparison with the very different 'Elizabethan consensus' operating in the Tudor realms. The course concludes with an account of different threats to that consensus (e.g. Catholic, Presbyterian) and the consequent divergent paths of national reformation in the latter half of the sixteenth century.

Week 1: Late Medieval Church and Society
Week 2: Heresy and Reform
Week 3: The Henrician Reformation
Week 4: The Edwardian Reformation
Week 5: The Marian Reaction and Marian Exile
Week 6: The Scottish Reformation
Week 7: Establishing the Scottish Kirk
Week 8: The Elizabethan Religious Settlement
Week 9: The Reformation in Wales
Week 10: Reformation and Counter-Reformation in Ireland
Week 11: Convergent and Divergent Reformations

C: Student Learning Experience Information
This Level 10 course follows a programme of one two-hour seminar per week, with a combined lecture and text-discussion component. Students' preparatory reading of sources will enable comparative analysis of different aspects of national reformations. Students will also have the opportunity to apply their knowledge through blog comments on different pieces of evidence (e.g. images, primary sources). Tutorials will involve presentations of primary texts and major themes, and each week the presenting students will co-lead and facilitate discussion. Students will be offered formative feedback on their presentations and at other appropriate points.
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
Pre-requisites Co-requisites
Prohibited Combinations Other requirements None
Information for Visiting Students
Pre-requisitesVisiting students interested in Reformation or early modern religious history would benefit from this course. Visiting students should have at least 3 Divinity/Religious Studies courses at grade B or above (or be predicted to obtain this). We will only consider University/College level courses.
High Demand Course? Yes
Course Delivery Information
Academic year 2019/20, Available to all students (SV1) Quota:  None
Course Start Semester 1
Timetable Timetable
Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info) Total Hours: 200 ( Lecture Hours 11, Seminar/Tutorial Hours 11, Feedback/Feedforward Hours 1, Summative Assessment Hours 2, Programme Level Learning and Teaching Hours 4, Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours 171 )
Assessment (Further Info) Written Exam 50 %, Coursework 40 %, Practical Exam 10 %
Additional Information (Assessment) Class presentation: 10%
Blogs: 10%
Coursework essay (2000 words): 30%
Exam: 50%
Feedback Students will have the opportunity to receive feedback on blog comments and presentations.
Exam Information
Exam Diet Paper Name Hours & Minutes
Main Exam Diet S1 (December)2:00
Learning Outcomes
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
  1. Identify and examine contextually key themes in the English, Welsh, Scottish and Irish Reformations.
  2. Compare and contrast different national reformations over the course of the sixteenth century.
  3. Identify and evaluate continuities and discontinuities between late medieval reform and the various national Reformations.
  4. Critique historiography on the different national reformations.
  5. Analyse different social, intellectual, political and religious factors involved in Reformation.
Reading List
Indicative Bibliography


Ian Hazlett, The Reformation in Britain and Ireland: An Introduction (London: T&T Clark, 2003)
Felicity Heal, Reformation in Britain and Ireland (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2003)
Norman Jones and Robert Tittler (eds.), A Companion to Tudor Britain (Oxford: Blackwell, 2004)
Alec Ryrie, The Age of Reformation: The Tudor and Stewart Realms, 1485-1603 (England: Pearson Longman, 2009)
Alec Ryrie, Being Protestant in Reformation Britain (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2013)
Alexandra Walsham, The Reformation of the Landscape: Religion, Identity and Memory in Early Modern Britain and Ireland (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2011)

English Reformation

George Bernard, The King┐s Reformation: Henry VIII and the Remaking of the English Church (New Haven, CT: Yale University Press, 2005)
Patrick Collinson, The Elizabethan Puritan Movement (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1990)
Eamon Duffy, Fires of Faith: Catholic England under Mary Tudor (New Haven, CT: Yale University Press, 2009)
Eamon Duffy, ┐The English Reformation after Revisionism┐, Renaissance Quarterly 59:3 (2006), 720-31
Eamon Duffy, The Stripping of the Altars: Traditional Religion in England, c.1400-c.1580 (New Haven, CT: Yale University Press, 2005)
Christopher Haigh, English Reformations: Religion, Politics and Society under the Tudors (Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1993)
Christopher Haigh, Reformation and Resistance in Tudor Lancashire (London: Cambridge University Press, 1975)
Anne Hudson, The Premature Reformation: Wycliffite Texts and Lollard History (Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1988)
Diarmaid MacCulloch, Tudor Church Militant: Edward VI and the Protestant Reformation (London: Allen Lane, 1999)
Diarmaid MacCulloch, The Later Reformation in England 1547-1603 (Basingstoke: Palgrave, 2001)
Peter Marshall, Heretics and Believers: A History of the English Reformation (New Haven, CT: Yale University Press, 2018)
Peter Marshall, Reformation England, 1480-1642 (London: Arnold, 2003)
Alec Ryrie, The Gospel and Henry VIII: Evangelicals in the Early English Reformation (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2003)
Ethan Shagan, Catholics and the ┐Protestant┐ Nation: Religious Politics and Identity in Early Modern England (Manchester: Manchester University Press, 2005)
Ethan Shagan, Popular Politics and the English Reformation (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2003)
Nicholas Tyacke, Anti-Calvinists: The Rise of English Arminianism c. 1590-1640 (Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1990)

Scottish Reformation

Frank Bardgett, Scotland Reformed: The Reformation in Angus and the Mearns (Edinburgh: John Donald, 1989)
Ian Cowan, The Scottish Reformation: Church and Society in Sixteenth-Century Scotland (London: Weidenfeld and Nicolson, 1982)
Ian Cowan and Duncan Shaw (eds.), The Renaissance and Reformation in Scotland: Essays in Honour of Gordon Donaldson (Edinburgh: Scottish Academic Press, 1983)
Jane Dawson, John Knox (New Haven, CT: Yale University Press, 2016)
Jane Dawson, The Politics of Religion in the Age of Mary, Queen of Scots: The Earl of Argyll and the Struggle for Britain and Ireland (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2002)
Jane Dawson, Scotland Re-formed 1488-1587 (Edinburgh: Edinburgh University Press, 2007)
Elaine Finnie, ┐The House of Hamilton: Patronage, Politics and the Church in the Reformation Period┐, Innes Review 36 (1985), 3-28
Ian Hazlett, The Reformation in Britain and Ireland: An Introduction (London: T&T Clark, 2003)
Claire Kellar, Scotland, England and the Reformation, 1534-61 (Oxford: Clarendon Press, 2003)
James Edward McGoldrick, Luther┐s Scottish Connection (Cranbury, NJ: Associated University Presses, 1989)
David Mullan, Scottish Puritanism, 1590-1638 (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2000)
Alec Ryrie, The Origins of the Scottish Reformation (Manchester: Manchester University Press, 2006)
Margo Todd, The Culture of Protestantism in Early Modern Scotland (New Haven, CT: Yale University Press, 2002)
Jenny Wormald, Court, Kirk and Community: Scotland, 1470-1625 (Edinburgh: Edinburgh University Press, 1981)

Welsh Reformation

J. Gwynfor Jones (ed.), Class, Community and Culture in Tudor Wales (Cardiff: University of Wales Press, 1989)
J. Gwynfor Jones, Wales and the Tudor State: Government, Religious Change and the Social Order, 1534-1603 (Cardiff: University of Wales Press, 1989)
J. Gwynfor Jones, Early Modern Wales, c. 1525-1640 (London: St Martin┐s Press, 1994)
Peter Marshall, ┐┐The Greatest Man in Wales┐: James Ap Gruffydd Ap Hywel and the International Opposition to Henry VIII┐, The Sixteenth Century Journal 39 (2008), 681-704
Huw Pryce, Native Law and the Church in Medieval Wales (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1993)
Malcolm Seaborne, The Reformation in Wales (London: SPCK, 1952)
Glanmor Williams, Renewal and Reformation Wales, c. 1415-1642 (Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1987)
Glanmor Williams, Wales and the Reformation (Cardiff: University of Wales Press, 1999)

Irish Reformation

Brendan Bradshaw and Peter Roberts (eds.), British Consciousness and Identity: The Making of Britain, 1533-1707 (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1998)
Vincent Carey and Ute Lotzz-Heumann (eds.), Taking Sides?: Colonial and Confessional Mentalities in Early Modern Ireland: Essays in Honour of Karl S. Bottigheimer (Dublin: Four Courts, 2003)
Steven Ellis, Ireland in the Age of the Tudors, 1447-1603: English Expansion and the End of Gaelic Rule (London: Routledge, 2014)
Steven Ellis and Sarah Barber (eds.), Conquest and Union: Fashioning a British State 1485-1725 (Abingdon: Routledge, 2013)
Raymond Gillespie, Devoted People: Belief and Religion in Early Modern Ireland (Manchester: Manchester University Press, 1997)
Henry Jefferies, ┐Elizabeth┐s Reformation in the Irish Pale┐, Journal of Ecclesiastical History 66:3 (2015), 524-42
Additional Information
Graduate Attributes and Skills 1. Critical thinking and reflection (developed through lectures, tutorials and coursework essay)
2. Historical analysis and comparative evaluation (developed through tutorials, presentations, blogs and coursework essay)
3. Oral communication skills (developed through tutorials and presentations)
4. Working within a team (developed through small group work in tutorials)
KeywordsReformation,Humanism,Lollardy,Puritans,Presbyterians,Counter Reformation,Henrician,Edwardian
Course organiserDr Simon Burton
Tel: (0131 6)50 8920
Course secretaryMs Katrina Munro
Tel: (0131 6)50 8900
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