Andrew Melville (1545-1622): Writings, Reception, and Reputation

Reid, S. J. and Mason, R. A. (Eds.) (2014) Andrew Melville (1545-1622): Writings, Reception, and Reputation. Series: St Andrews Studies in Reformation History. Ashgate: Farnham. ISBN 9781409474401

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With the exception of John Knox, no one did more to shape the Scottish Reformation than Andrew Meville. Remembered chiefly as a firebrand defender of radical Presbyterianism and reformer of the Scottish university system, his broader contributions to the cultural development of early modern Scotland have largely been marginalised in subsequent historiography. Yet, as this collection shows, Melvillle was much more than simply a parochial reformer - rather he was an influential member of a pan-European humanist network. This neglect may stem in part from the fact that almost all Melville's surviving writings are in Latin. As such, one of the main concerns of this volume is, for the first time, to provide a comprehensive listing of the range of poetry and prose attributed to Melville (who left very little in the way of formal theological or ecclesiological treatises) and to begin the process of elucidating these texts and the contexts in which they were written. At the same time, partly through the use of this material, the volume further illuminates Melville's biography and explores other neglected aspects of his life. While the volume contributes to an on-going process that has seen Melville's role as an ecclesiastical politician and educational reformer challenged and diminished, it also seeks to redress the balance by opening up other dimensions of Melville's career and intellectual life and shedding new light on the broader cultural context of Jacobean Scotland and Britain.

Item Type:Edited Books
Keywords:Andrew Melville
Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:Reid, Professor Steven
Subjects:B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BL Religion
D History General and Old World > DA Great Britain
P Language and Literature > PA Classical philology
College/School:College of Arts & Humanities > School of Humanities > History
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Project CodeAward NoProject NamePrincipal InvestigatorFunder's NameFunder RefLead Dept
585871Bridging the Continental divide: neo-Latin and its cultural role in Jacobean Scotland, as seen in the Delitiate Poetarum Scotorum (1637)Steven ReidArts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC)AH/J007331/1HU - HISTORY