Bart J. Spruyt, Ph.D. (1996) in History, has published extensively on the history of christian humanism in the Netherlands, and on the political philosophy of conservatism. From 1994 he has been working as a political journalist and as the director of the Edmund Burke Foundation, a conservative think-tank based in The Hague.
All those interested in intellectual history, the history of late medieval and early reformation thought, the history of the Church, as well as philologists and theologians.
‘This vastly expanded English version is of interest to scholars of the early Reformation, as it provides an account of the dissenting circles in the Low Countries (and their international contacts), and traces the origins and development of the reformed doctrine on the Lord's Supper. Spruyt has also unearthed some new biographical information, especially concerning Hoen's prosecution on suspicion of Lutheran sympathies.’
Demmy Verbeke, Harvard University, Renaissance Querterly
‘Much of the rest of the book is devoted to debunking [the] account of the specifically Dutch roots of Reformed theology. (...)
The book does provide two services. With regard to the Eucharistic controversy, it significantly revises the traditional understanding of the context and significance of Hoen's letter by associating it not with "intellectually respectable" biblical humanism but with the more "suspect" currents of late medieval religious dissent. On a more general level, it introduces an English-reading audience to recent Dutch research on the early Reformation in the Low Countries. Hoen's Christian Letter does indeed prove to be worth a book.’
Amy Nelson Burnett, University of Nebraska-Lincoln, H-German.
Table of contents
List of abbreviations
I. The Hoen problem: Albert Hardenberg’s Vita Wesseli Groningensis and Cornelius Henrici Hoen’s fortuna critica
II. Hoen’s life and its historical setting: his friends and his trial
III. The Epistola christiana admodum: contents, sources and historical background
IV. The impact of Hoen’s Epistola christiana
1. The Latin text of Hoen’s Epistola christiana
2. The German translation of Hoen’s Epistola christiana (Augsburg, 1526)
Index of personal names