Members’ Publications

RECENT PUBLICATIONS BY IJBS MEMBERS

Richard Baxter: Reliquiæ Baxterianæ

Edited by N. H. Keeble, John Coffey, Tim Cooper, and Tom Charlton

Richard Baxter’s Reliquiæ Baxterianæ (1696) is a key text for early modern historical, ecclesiastical, cultural, literary, and bibliographical studies but in its original printed form it is textually defective in a number of ways and, lacking structural coherence or adequate indexes, the wealth of historical data and immediately observed experiences during the Civil Wars, Interregnum, and Restoration period in its 800 pages are very difficult to access. It is similarly challenging to follow the compelling case that Baxter mounts to vindicate moderate Puritanism against the misrepresentations of the prevailing royalist narratives published in the later seventeenth-century, culminating in Clarendon’s History of the Rebellion. No other work from the period articulates so fully this much maligned tradition, and no other example of life writing so fully explores the relationship between public affairs and personal spiritual and emotional experience. The result is not only a unique primary source but also a fascinating combination of autobiography, historiography, and apologetic in a work crucial to our understanding of the development of modern narrative genres.

richard baxter editionFeatures:

  • The first scholarly edition of this work, presenting a full and reliable text, derived from the manuscript where this is extant
  • Enables an accurate understanding and appreciation of this unique early modern text and primary historical source
  • Includes full supporting editorial apparatus: textual, critical, expository, historical, and literary
  • Reveals the wealth of Baxter’s reference to hundreds of persons (many never before identified), historical sources and texts, and contemporary events
  • Accompanied by extensive general and textual introductions

Church Life: Pastors, Congregations, and the Experience of Dissent in Seventeenth-Century England

Edited by Michael Davies, Anne Dunan-Page and Joel Halcomb

Church Life: Pastors, Congregations, and the Experience of Dissent in Seventeenth-Century England addresses the rich, complex, and varied nature of ‘church life’ experienced by England’s Baptists, Congregationalists, and Presbyterians during the seventeenth century. Spanning the period from the English Revolution to the Glorious Revolution, and beyond, the contributors examine the social, political, and religious character of England’s ‘gathered’ churches and reformed parishes: how pastors and their congregations interacted; how Dissenters related to their meetings as religious communities; and what the experience of church life was like for ordinary members as well as their ministers, including notably John Owen and Richard Baxter alongside less well-known figures, such as Ebenezer Chandler.

church life title pageFeatures:

  • Considers the history and religious culture of seventeenth-century Dissent from the perspective of the kinds of ‘church life’ shaped and experienced not just by Dissenting ministers but also ordinary church members
  • Redefines the ‘experience of Dissent’ in collective and communal terms, rather than as something characterized solely by individual ‘religious experience’, notably conversion
  • Features ten original contributions by internationally recognized scholars who are experts in the fields of seventeenth-century history, literature, and religion

The Oxford Handbook of John Bunyan

Edited by Michael Davies and W. R. Owens

The Oxford Handbook of John Bunyan is the most extensive volume of original essays ever published on the seventeenth-century Nonconformist preacher and writer. Its thirty-eight chapters examine Bunyan’s life and works, their religious and historical contexts, and the critical reception of his writings, in particular his allegorical narrative, The Pilgrim’s Progress. Interdisciplinary and comprehensive, it provides unparalleled scope and expertise, ranging from literary theory to religious history and from theology to post-colonial criticism.

Oxford Handbook

Features:

  • Presents thirty-eight original chapters by internationally recognized scholars from around the globe
  • Examines Bunyan’s life and works, their literary, religious, and historical significance, and the critical reception of his writings, in particular his famous allegory of the Christian life, The Pilgrim’s Progress
  • Divided into four sections (Contexts; Works; Directions in Criticism; Journeys) this Handbook is easy to navigate and clear in rationale

Vanity Fair and the Celestial City:

Dissenting, Methodist, and Evangelical Literary Culture in England 1720-1800

by Isabel Rivers

In John Bunyan’s The Pilgrim’s Progress, the pilgrims cannot reach the Celestial City without passing through Vanity Fair, where everything is bought and sold. In recent years there has been much analysis of commerce and consumption in Britain during the long eighteenth century, and of the dramatic expansion of popular publishing. Similarly, much has been written on the extraordinary effects of the evangelical revivals of the eighteenth century in Britain, Europe, and North America. But how did popular religious culture and the world of print interact? It is now known that religious works formed the greater part of the publishing market for most of the century. What religious books were read, and how? Who chose them? How did they get into people’s hands? Vanity Fair and the Celestial City is the first book to answer these questions in detail.

Rivers

Features:

  • Offers the first detailed account of the writing, editing, publishing, and distribution of popular religious books by evangelical dissenters, Methodists, and Church of England evangelicals in the period 1720 to 1800

  • Brings together the methods and approaches of religious history, book history, literary history, and the history of reading