Early German Reformation; History of Christianity
Bruce Gordon, a native of Canada, taught from 1994 to 2008 at the University of St. Andrews, Scotland, where he was professor of modern history and deputy director of the St. Andrews Reformation Institute. His biography John Calvin appeared with Yale University Press in 2009. The Swiss Reformation (Manchester University Press, 2002), the first comprehensive study of the movement, was named an “Outstanding Publication for 2003” by Choice magazine. His first book, Clerical Reformation and the Rural Reformation (1992), examined the creation of the Protestant ministry in Zurich in the sixteenth century. He has edited books on the development of Protestant historical writing, (Protestant History and Identity in Sixteenth Century Europe, Ashgate, 2 vols, 1996); on death and dying (The Place of the Dead in Late Medieval and Early Modern Europe (with Peter Marshall, Cambridge University Press, 2000), and the Swiss Reformer Heinrich Bullinger (Architect of Reformation, with Emidio Campi, Baker, 2004). He headed a project on the Protestant Latin Bible of the sixteenth century funded by the Arts and Humanities Research Council of the United Kingdom. The first book from this project is (edited with Matthew McLean) Shaping the Bible in the Reformation. Books, Scholars and their Readers in the Sixteenth Century (Brill, 2012). He is completing the monograph. In addition to numerous articles and book chapters on various aspects of early modern religion, he has recently completed articles for the New Cambridge History of the Bible and the Oxford Illustrated History of the Reformation. He serves on the editorial boards of the St. Andrews Studies in Reformation History (Ashgate), the Zürcher Beiträge zur Reformationsgeschichte (Theologischer Verlag Zürich) and Refo500 Academic Studies (Vandenhoeck & Ruprecht) as well as those of several journals. He is currently writing a book for Princeton University Press on the reception of Calvin’s Institutes from the sixteenth century to modern times. In 2012 he was awarded an honorary doctorate from the University of Zurich, Switzerland. He is a fellow of the Royal Historical Society.
His research interests range across late-medieval and early-modern religious history, in particular the Swiss and German Reformations, Bibles, devotional literature, the clergy, death and the dead, historical writing, nineteenth and twentieth interpretations of the Reformation and historiography.