Knox: On Rebellion by John Knox

By John Knox

This version of the main major political writings of the sixteenth-century Protestant reformer John Knox offers exact yet available types of all of his writings at the subject matter of uprising, together with his infamous First Blast of the Trumpet opposed to the sizeable Regiment of ladies, and offers scholars and students alike with the technique of tracing the evolution of his political radicalism and comparing its influence. the 1st entire variation of Knox's political writings, it sheds very important new mild at the political and spiritual considered the Reformation interval.

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A century earlier, Thomas Carlyle declared that Scott’s historical novels had taught him “that the by-gone ages of the world were actually filled by living men, not by protocols, state papers, controversies, and abstractions of men” (quoted in Halleck 1900:330). ). The Changing Faces of History 21 This new and invigorated depiction of history was by no means merely a happenstance. Scott consciously set out to expose and ridicule the literary shortcomings of earlier historians and to urge a more spirited presentation of the past.

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