The British Delegation and the Synod of Dort (1618-19)

February 2002
475 pages
23.4x15.6 cm
Church of England Record Society
ISBN: 9781843831570
Format: Hardback
Boydell Press
BIC DN, 1DBK, 2AB, 3JD, 4P

The British Delegation and the Synod of Dort (1618-19)

Edited by Anthony Milton

Edition of documents - many never previously published - shedding new light on the role played by the British delegates at the Synod of Dort.
The Synod of Dort [1618-19] was one of the most remarkable and important gatherings of Protestant divines ever assembled. Summoned to resolve doctrinal disputes in the Netherlands, it involved theologians from a number of other countries, including Britain. The precise role played by delegates of the Church of England at the synod has been the subject of intense disagreement ever since.

Drawing on new sources discovered in English and Dutch archives, this volume provides a wide-ranging collection of edited documents [many previously unpublished] which make it possible for the first time to construct a thorough and fully contextualized account of the role played by the British delegates. Different sections of the book tackle the political and theological background to the synod, the submissions of the British delegation on issues ranging from predestination and episcopacy to catechizing and bible translation, and also the aftermath of the synod and the later defences of it by the British delegates. The primary source material is set in context by a substantial introduction, which argues for a major reassessment of the role of the British divines at the synod, and emphasizes the importance of the event in allowing historians to study the detailed interaction of British and continental thinkers at a vital period in the emergence of an 'Anglican' identity.

Dr Anthony Milton is Reader in History at the University of Sheffield.


Milton has performed a tremendous service in making these documents available. JOURNAL OF ECCLESIASTICAL HISTORY
Anthony Milton has rendered a great service to a wide circle of scholars and interested readers. SIXTEENTH CENTURY JOURNAL
A valuable contribution to the literature, and essential reading for those investigating the composition of the canons and their reception in subsequent generations. PRO REGE
Well set out and a valuable addition to the scholarly materials published in this field. CONNECT
As a compendium of primary materials, Milton's book will be an essential acquisition for all academic libraries. [...] A fine example of painstaking, dedicated scholarship and Dr Milton is to be applauded. SEVENTEENTH-CENTURY NEWS (US)

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