A Confusion of Printers
The Role of Print in the English Reformation
Imprint: Wipf and Stock
"Winsome and wise, this compactly told story of printing and the English Reformation offers a clear window onto the period's intellectual challenges and personal costs associated with the shifting religious struggles. Confusion there was, but also courage, creativity, and cunning among the printers whose words and images presented the conflicted commitments that, after much agony, finally gave rise to British religious pluralism and toleration. Carefoote's elegantly written volume does his subject proud."
--Ephraim Radner, Professor of Historical Theology, Wycliffe College
"No Reformation without the printing press? Pearce Carefoote reminds us that there would be no printing presses without printers. In the sixteenth century, deep religious convictions turned the screws of presses and prosecutions alike. Printers were on the front lines of England's early Reformation battles, navigating a landscape that shifted radically with every change of regime. Carefoote's elegant and lively account surveys the immediate confusion while pointing to the freer press that would eventually emerge."
--Nicholas Terpstra, Professor of History, University of Toronto
"Books matter. As P. J. Carefoote so amply demonstrates in this excellent book, printers risked their lives to publish and distribute pamphlets and books which expressed their religious convictions. Carefoote shows how this courage was expressed across the theological divides which emerged in sixteenth-century England. Beautifully illustrated and written."
--Stuart Macdonald, Vice Principal and Director of Graduate Studies, Knox College, Toronto School of Theology, University of Toronto