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The first title in our Universal Reform series is just published

Posted by Hattie Wilson, Senior Marketing Executive

Transnational Networks and Cross-Religious Exchange in the Seventeenth-Century Mediterranean and Atlantic WorldsWe are delighted to announce that our new series, Universal Reform: Studies in Intellectual History, 1550-1700 has just published its first title. Transnational Networks and Cross-Religious Exchange in Seventeenth-Century Mediterranean and Atlantic Worlds by Brandon Marriott examines the claim by Antonio de Montezinos in 1644 that he had discovered the Lost Tribes of Israel in the jungles of South America, and how this news spread across Europe and the Ottoman Empire. Marriott reveals the importance of early-modern crises, diasporas and newsgathering networks in generating eschatological constructs and transforming them through a process of intercultural dissemination into complex new hybrid religious conceptions and identities.

The Universal Reform series, edited by Howard Hotson and Vladimír Urbánek, examines the attempts by a wide variety of Post-Reformation intellectuals to extend the reforming impulse from the spheres of church and theology to many different areas of life and thought.

Within these ambitious reforming projects, impulses originating in the Reformation mixed inextricably with projects emerging from the late-Renaissance and with the ongoing transformations of communications, education, art, literature, science, medicine, and philosophy.  Although specialised literatures exist to study these individual developments, they do not comfortably accommodate studies of how these components were sometimes brought together in the service of wider reforms. By providing a natural home for fresh research uncomfortably accommodated within Renaissance studies, Reformation studies, and the histories of science, medicine, philosophy, and education, Universal Reform pursues a more synoptic understanding of individuals, movements, and networks pursuing further and more general reform by bringing together studies rooted in all of these sub-disciplinary historiographies.

If you are interested in submitting a proposal for the Universal Reform series, please contact the publisher, Thomas Gray

The Netherlandish Image in the Age of Iconoclasm wins the ACE / Mercers’ book award

We are delighted to announce that Mia M. Mochizuki’s book The Netherlandish Image after Iconoclasm, 1566–1672: Material Religion in the Dutch Golden Age has won the 2009 ACE / Mercers’ International Book Award. The prize is awarded for a book which makes an outstanding contribution to the dialogue between religious faith and the visual arts. Mia Mochizuki’s book is the fruit of fifteen years’ research, and it well deserves all the plaudits it has been receiving.

Graham Howes, who presented the award, had this to say about the book:

Outstanding…  It sets one building – the Great Church at Haarlem – in an exceptionally broad context – as built form, as culturally symbolic artefact, and as a vehicle for didactic decoration…  Her story begins in the Roman Catholic era, examines the motives behind iconoclasm, its destructive force as well as its generative power, and then details the appropriation of the church by the local Reformed Community. All this is done with exceptional precision, imaginative insight and scholarly depth. The judges themselves found the book ‘enthralling’ and referred frequently to the way in which it re-shaped their entire perception of the relationship between a, perhaps the Protestant aesthetic and their own visual and emotional experience of that aesthetic. They also praised the sheer quality of the book’s production, and especially the way in which the excellent illustrations are placed throughout in close association to the text.

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