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Treacherous Faith: The Specter of Heresy in Early Modern English Literature and Culture

David Loewenstein


Treacherous Faith is a major interdisciplinary study of the terrors of heresy and the literary imagination from the English Reformation to the Restoration. It illuminates the anxieties early modern writers articulated and the fantasies they constructed about pernicious heretics and pestilent heresies in response to the Reformation’s shattering of Western Christendom. Beginning with Thomas More and concluding with John Milton and John Bunyan, this book analyzes both canonical and lesser-known writers who contributed to cultural and political fears about the specter of heresy, as we ... More

Keywords: heresy, heretics, fear-mongering, religious error, religious demonizing, terrors, specter, imagination, religious difference

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2013 Print ISBN-13: 9780199203390
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2013 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199203390.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

David Loewenstein, author
Helen C. White Professor of English and the Humanities, University of Wisconsin-Madison