"Religion and Violence" examines a recurring theme in history, that of the conflict between religious faith and political and military action. In this volume, Judy Sproxton offers a detailed and fascinating reading of the writings of some of the major figures of the time including Calvin, Cromwell, Winstanley, and the poet Andrew Marvell.
Looking at two periods of major political upheaval and civil unrest in the 16th and 17th centuries, the French civil wars and the English Revolution, she explores the notion of division between the self-interest of humanity and the will of God and how such attitudes towards religion and militancy were instrumental in prompting opposition to the rulers of the time.
..."well worth exploring.."
-"Religious Studies Review, January 1997
"Refreshingly free of jargon. . .It is a straight forward analysis of the views of significant political figures and writers during the French Civil Wars of the late sixteenth century."
-Church History, Sept. 97
"Judy Sproxton is unusual in having a deep knowledge both of the French civil wars fo the 16th century and of the 17th century English Revolution. Even more unusually, she is soaked in the literature of the two countries. In consequence her work sheds much new light on both."
-Christpher Hill The author...aims to show how the reformation led certain sixteenth- and seventeenth-centuries persons to challenge political authority in the name of religion.