This study examines the impact of the first major influx of foreign refugees into Britain--the Protestant exiles of the Reformation era who came to escape persecution by the Catholic powers in France and the Low Countries. The refugees were generally well received by an English government that was aware of their economic potential. They came to exercise a powerful influence over the Reformation at home and abroad and provided a significant economic structure for a flagging economy.
'Pettegree's detailed account of the foreign Protestant church communities would be welcome; their religious and economic importance is undoubted. Pettegree's extensive research in archival and printed materials now makes it possible to be considerably more precise about the actual nature of that importance' Choice
'It is a very competent and useful book.'
Archive for Reformation History