Brian is a historian of early modern England with particular interests in the religious, intellectual, and political cultures of the sixteenth century. His research focuses on the intersection of humanism and evangelical theology in Tudor England. His most recent book, Reformation of the Commonwealth: Thomas Becon and the Politics of Evangelical Change in Tudor England, examines sixteenth century evangelicals’ vision of a godly commonwealth within the broader context of political, religious, social, and intellectual changes in Tudor England. He is currently working on two projects. The first will trace political protest, rebellion, and religious rhetoric in Elizabethan England with particular regard to the art of ‘rayling’ against civil authorities. The second will explore the use of seditious and treasonous content under the guise of popular commonwealth euphemisms in the sermons of Tudor England, particularly between 1540 and 1580.
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