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Reformation History

A guide to reformation history resources available in the Jessie C. Eury Library

Why use Background Information?

Background information:

  • Shows how a topic fits into a broader subject or discipline
  • Helps you to know if there is enough or too much information on a topic
  • Provides access to the specific vocabulary which serves as keywords for searching
  • Often contains bibliographies which point to key resources and experts to consult

The titles listed in these boxes are books available in the Jessie C. Eury Library for your use.  Some of these books may not be checked out of the library.

Theological Foreign Language Tools

Someof the authors during the Reformation did not write in English, many however, wrote in Latin. It might be helpful to look at some language tools to garner a better idea of what is being said.

Reference Works

As opposed to general histories which put things in their historical (and typically chronological) context, dictionaries and encyclopedias on the Reformation are useful for finding short, concise information on a given topic.

General Reformation Histories

These books are useful for gaining some general information about the Reformation. They will not, however, be able to go as indepth as books on your specific topic. Several of these books are required or recommended for your class.

Reformation Readers

Sometimes it can be helpful to read small selections from an author before diving into a single work of theirs. These readers can be helpful in doing just that. Remember, they are not exhaustive so if you are picking someone fairly unknown, they may not appear in these readers.