William Godwin's Diary

Protestant Reformation

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This work is mentioned in the diary a total of 6 times.


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Godwin, William Protestant Reformation (1832)

This corresponds to MS. Abinger c. 29, fols. 86-9, ‘Prospectus of a History of the Protestant Reformation in England. Sep. 22, 1832’. No dated watermarks. 4 leaves (paginated 1-8). Godwin describes the Protestant Reformation as 'the dawn of intellectual liberty to man' and the document appears to have been a proposal to publishers for a history of the period: 'no topic can more irresistibly come home to the bosom of almost every reader, than the History of the Protestant Reformation'. In the days before writing the prospectus Godwin had re-read William Cobbett's History of the Protestant Reformation , a popular polemic for Catholic Emancipation.