418. Diarmaid MacCulloch on the British Reformations

Posted on 9 April 2023

A leading expert on the history of the Reformation joins us to explain the very different stories of England and Scotland in the 16th century.


Further Reading

• D. MacCulloch, Suffolk and the Tudors: Politics and Religion in an English County 1500-1600 (Oxford: 1986).

• D. MacCulloch, The Later Reformation in England 1547-1603 (New York: 1990).

• D. MacCulloch, The Reign of Henry VIII: Politics, Policy and Piety (Basingstoke: 1995).

• D. MacCulloch, Thomas Cranmer (New Haven: 1996).

• D. MacCulloch, Tudor Church Militant (London: 1999).

• D. MacCulloch, The Reformation (New York: 2004).

• D. MacCulloch, Thomas Cromwell: a Life (London: 2018).

• D. MacCulloch and F. Anthony, Tudor Rebellions (London: 2020).


Tony Kinder 20 April 2023

Amazingly profound interview with Diarmaid MacCulloch + reference to his 2004 book.  Everywhere we turn in social theory determinism is the enemy; MacCulloch and the series on the Reformation illustrate that the 16thC debate were perhaps more mature than those we have now, a factor only reinforced by AI and machine-learning looking for patterns and "logics" instead of complexities and dialectics.  For me the Reformation series has been the best, totally reinforcing the view that seemingly theological discourse reveals deep philosophical disputes.  Many thanks for all the work and thought you put into the podcasts!  Tony

Thanks! Glad you have been enjoying it; it has been very eye-opening for me too, especially to see how many of the developments we associate with the 17th century and/or the Enlightenment were already present, tacitly or explicitly, in the 16th century.

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