The most famous Church reformer in Scottish history, Knox’s life and work also possess a much wider international significance. A controversial figure in his lifetime and beyond, Knox has been alternatively vilified and celebrated, but remains one of the most enigmatic figures in British history. His literary influence is considerable – renowned for his religious zeal and inflammatory rhetoric, Knox’s central literary technique is a strategy of polarisation. For Knox, Catholicism is false, immoral and worldly; Protestantism is true, virtuous and heavenly. Such a schematic vision of the world is by no means uncommon in sixteenth-century rhetoric; what distinguishes Knox, however, is both the strictness of the adherence to t…

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Citation:
Coleman, David. "John Knox". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 31 May 2006
[http://www.litencyc.com/php/speople.php?rec=true&UID=2546, accessed 18 December 2014.]

Articles on Knox's works

  1. A Faithful Admonition to the Professors of God's Truth in England
  2. A Godly Letter of Warning, Or Admonition to the Faithful in London, Newcastle, and Berwick
  3. First Blast of the Trumpet against the Monstrous Regiment of Women
  4. Historie of the Reformation of Religioun within the Realme of Scotland
  5. On Predestination
  6. The Appellation of John Knox from the cruell and most iniust sentence pronounced against him by the false bishoppes and clergie of Scotland, with his supplication and exhortation to the nobilitie, estates and commonalitie of the same realme

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  1. Religious Reform, Protestants, Dissenters