Catholic and Reformed

The Roman and Protestant Churches in English Protestant Thought, 1600–1640

Religious controversy was central to political conflict in the years leading up to the outbreak of the English Civil War. Historians have focused on one religious doctrine--predestination, but Catholic and Reformed analyzes the broader preconceptions that lay behind religious debate. It offers an analysis of the nature of the English Church, and how this related to the Roman Catholic and Reformed Churches of the Continent. The book's conclusions explain the nature of English religious culture and its role in provoking the Civil War.


"Milton's is on all accounts a triumphal achievement. He has written a convincing study characterized by clarity of thought, literary grace, exhaustive archival research, and a close reading of contemporary printed sources." The Catholic Historical Review

"This is a meticulously researched and vigorously argued book." Albion

"...comprehensive....This carefully researched and extensively documented book requires expertise and patience to assimilate the valuable material." D.P. King, Choice

"The subjects covered by this book stretch across an amazing spectrum, ranging from theology through doctrine to organization and practice. Milton has used an immense number of writings of English clergy, all from within the official church of England, for his analysis....Cambridge University Press is to be congratulated on an excellently produced monograph with good footnotes and full bibliography." Carola Small, Religious Studies And Theology

"...provocative study....provides an appreciation of the complexities and subtleties of seventeenth-century thought and rhetoric....This book is recommended highly to all scholars and students of English intellectual, political, and religious history. It should provide many graduate students with insights that can contribute to substantive dissertation topics." William T. Walker, Sixteenth Century Journal

"His book is a careful and thorough account of what English Protestant clerics thought about Rome and other Continental churches in the first four decades of the seventeenth century." R.J. Morris, Journal of Modern History

"The work is significant, complex, and detailed....Its sources, interpretations, and detailed analyses make this study invaluable for universities and seminaries." Michael J. Galgano, Religious Studies Review

"It is clearly written, its arguments persuasive and fully documented, its analyses of polemicist rhetoric meticulously developed." Seventeenth-Century News