Academic journal article The Catholic Historical Review

Calvinist Exiles in Tudor and Stuart England

Academic journal article The Catholic Historical Review

Calvinist Exiles in Tudor and Stuart England

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Calvinist Exiles in Tudor and Stuart England. By Ole Peter Grell. (Brookfield, Vermont: Scolar Press, Ashgate Publishing Company. 1996. Pp. x, 249. $76.95.)

Now that we possess this study, Grell's earlier volume on The Dutch Calvinists in Early Stuart London (1989), Andrew Pettegree's Foreign Protestant Communities in Sixteenth-Century London (1986), and Keith Sprunger's Dutch Puritanism (1982), the dimensions of the pan-European 'Calvinist' Reformed connection are becoming clearer, stretching from Lucca in the south, Poland in the east, to London and Edinburgh in the British Isles from the 1550's to past the Revocation of the Edict of Nantes in the late seventeenth century. Particularly for those of us who focus parochially on the English story, it is important to be reminded that Continental influence and interchange did not cease with the contributions of Martin Bucer and Peter Martyr to the Edwardian Reformation.

Grell's current volume collects eleven articles and chapters in books, all but one of which had appeared before but scattered over a variety of English and Dutch publications. Although there is inevitably some repetition-Archbishop William Laud's attempt to impose an English uniformity on the stranger churches in the years after 1634 appears in several contexts in several chapters-and a primary focus on the Dutch, Grell is not concerned exclusively with either the Dutch church at Austin Friars or with the Elizabethan and Early Stuart history of these exiles. In fact, one of his most interesting illustrations of the truly international connections of the Reformed exiles concerns the three prominent Lucchese families-the Burlamachis, Calandrinis, and Diodatiswho left Lucca a generation after Peter Martyr and whose ramified families turned up in Geneva and Hamburg as well as Amsterdam and London. …

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