Readership: Students and scholars of Early Modern English literature; students and scholars of Early Modern European history.
David Loewenstein, Helen C. White Professor of English and the Humanities, University of Wisconsin-Madison
David Loewenstein is Helen C. White Professor of English and the Humanities at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, USA. His books include Representing Revolution in Milton and His Contemporaries: Religion, Politics, and Polemics in Radical Puritanism (CUP, 2001), which received the Milton Society of America's James Holly Hanford Award. He has co-edited The Complete Works of Gerrard Winstanley (Oxford University Press, 2009), and has edited John Milton, Prose: Major Writings on Liberty, Politics, Religion, and Education (Wiley-Blackwell, 2012). With Thomas N. Corns, he is editing Paradise Lost
for The Complete Works of John Milton (Oxford University Press, forthcoming).
"This is a book of profound learning and powerful argument ... Above all, for its acute analysis of the construction of heresy, for its exploration of the dynamics and language of fear, and for its fresh contextualization and interpretation of Milton's writings, this book will be essential reading for literary scholars and historians of early modern England." - David L. Smith, Milton Quarterly
"The timeliness of Treacherous Faith as both a study of heresy and of extreme religious understandings makes this study one which should become required reading for a range of scholars and students across a number of disciplines. Indeed, Loewenstein's work provides an exemplum to anyone who poses questions over the significance of early
modern study to the modern world." - Christopher Stone, Journal of the Northern Renaissance
"This is a detailed and careful assessement combining insights from studies of history, literature and culture to offer an interdisciplinary appreciation of the ways that the fear of supposed heretics could be used to shape public and political attitudes." - Stephen Copson, Baptist Quarterly
Part I: The Specter of Heresy and Religious Conflict in English Reformation Literary Culture
1: Religious Demonization, Anti-Heresy Polemic, and Thomas More
2: Anne Askew and the Culture of Heresy Hunting in Henry VIII's England
3: Burning Heretics and Fashioning Martyrs: Religious Violence in John Foxe and Reformation England
4: The Specter of Heretics in Later Elizabethan and Jacobean Writing
Part II: The War against Heresy in Milton's England
5: The Specter of Heresy and Blasphemy in the English Revolution: From Heresiographers to the Spectacle of James Nayler
6: The Specter of Heresy and the Struggle for Toleration: John Goodwin, William Walwyn, and Richard Overton
7: John Milton: Toleration and "Fantastic Terrors of Sect and Schism"
8: Fears of Heresy, Blasphemy, and Religious Schism in Milton's Culture and Paradise Lost
Epilogue: Making Heretics and Bunyan's Vanity Fair