By Eustache Percy
Foreword by the 13th Duke of Hamilton
Due for release: 31/10/2013
“No grander figure can be found, in the entire history of the Reformation in this island, than that of John Knox” wrote the historian Froude. Yet, John Knox has suffered in the twentieth century from the common trick of the popular imagination that seizes on one aspect of a historical figure and elevates it into the whole man. At one time he was the foremost Scottish genius, but in our day there have been those who would have us believe that he was a ranter, an iconoclast and perhaps a hypocrite. The author of this classic biography has sought to find the truth between these two extremes. He shows us Knox against the disturbed currents of the Continent, where medieval Christendom was at an end and no new order had yet emerged from its chaos of creeds and philosophies. No man could stem these currents, but John Knox in his own country gave them a direction. He became, if not the leader, at least the inciter of a revolution. He set his mark indelibly on history, and not only that of his native land; his influence upon the English court was considerable, but he also became a figure of European significance.
Originally published in 1960 to commemorate the 400th anniversary of the Protestant Reformation and the role played by John Knox, this biography has remained of principal importance to those who would understand that seminal time in ecclesiastical and political history, Scottish life or the origins of the state of Christian thinking today. In this life of John Knox the author’s own deep religious convictions and sensitive approach to the subject have combined to give us a biography worthy of this giant of Reformation history.
About the Author: Eustace Sutherland Campbell Percy, 1st Baron Percy of Newcastle PC (21 March 1887 – 3 April 1958), styled Lord Eustace Percy between 1899 and 1953, was a British diplomat, Conservative politician and public servant. He most notably served as President of the Board of Education under Stanley Baldwin between 1924 and 1929.
About the Publisher: The Lutterworth Press has been trading since the eighteenth century and is one of the longest established and best-known independent publishers in the United Kingdom. It has been associated with James Clarke & Co. since 1984.
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