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Peter Marshall - Author

About the Author

Shortlisted for the Wolfson History Prize 2018

Peter Marshall is professor of history at the University of Warwick, winner of the Harold J. Grimm Prize for Reformation History, and author of numerous books, including The Reformation: A Very Short Introduction. He lives in Leamington Spa, UK.

On Heretics and Believers: A History of the English Reformation:

In writing Heretics and Believers I wanted to take a defining episode of England’s past and invite people to view it in a different way. ‘Narrative’ history sometimes gets criticised as naïve or unambitious, yet I deliberately chose a chronological and descriptive approach in order to underline the interconnectedness, as well as the open-endedness, of events – and to try to capture the lived experience of people with no idea of how things would finally turn out. 

The challenge – which I hope I managed to meet – was to acknowledge the complexity without sacrificing clarity. Monarchs, martyrs, bishops and theologians, the great and the (sometimes) good, play their parts in my story. But I also wished to give full voice to the fears and hopes of ordinary women and men. A paradox near the heart of my account is that while English people often experienced religious change as coercive and traumatic, the Reformation simultaneously educated and empowered them, and recast the relationship between rulers and ruled.

I am genuinely surprised to have been short-listed for the Wolfson History Prize, though of course deeply delighted. The dialogue between professional scholarship and reading public that the Prize seeks to promote is one to which I have always been cheerfully and wholeheartedly committed.

Featured books by Peter Marshall

Other books by Peter Marshall

Bognor Boy How I Became an Anarchist

Bognor Boy How I Became an Anarchist

Author: Peter Marshall Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 01/10/2018

Invisible Worlds Death, Religion and the Supernatural in England, 1500-1700

Invisible Worlds Death, Religion and the Supernatural in England, 1500-1700

Author: Peter Marshall Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 17/08/2017

After a historiographical and interpretative introduction, the book falls into two parts, both referencing the 'Invisible Worlds' of the title, and representing different angles of vision on aspects of early modern belief that today seem particularly strange and disturbing, even to believing Christians. The first five chapters consider the intellectual and cultural consequences of the Reformation's assault on established beliefs about the afterlife, and the experience of souls there. They show how debates about the existence of purgatory, and related matters such as the nature of hell-fire, acted as unwitting agents of modernisation, but also provided scope for ordinary people to practise a kind of vernacular theology. The second part looks at deeply-held beliefs around angels, ghosts and fairies, and how these were re-appropriated and re-imagined when cut from their traditional theological moorings.

Nature's Web: Rethinking Our Place on Earth Rethinking Our Place on Earth

Nature's Web: Rethinking Our Place on Earth Rethinking Our Place on Earth

Author: Peter Marshall Format: Hardback Release Date: 27/01/2017

This powerful book provides the first comprehensive overview of the intellectual roots of the worldwide environmental movement - from ancient religions and philosophies to modern science and ethics - and synthesizes them into a new philosophy of nature in which to ground our moral values and social action. It traces the origins and evolution of the dominant worldview that has built our industrial, technocratic, man-centered civilization, and brought us to the current ecological crisis. At the same time, it uncovers an alternative cultural tradition in the world's different religions and philosophies and describes how these ideas are now surfacing and coalescing to form an ecological sensibility and a new vision of nature which recognizes the inter-relatedness of all living things. Finally, this book integrates these varied traditions with modern physics and the science of ecology into a larger philosophical whole that provides the environmental movement with a comprehensive vision of an organic and sustainable society in harmony with nature. As ecological disasters continue to threaten our planet, becoming worse with every passing moment of indifference, it has become clear that we must take action. We must change our relationship with nature, and return to the days when our lives were intimately connected to and dependent upon the natural world. Nature's Web lays the foundations for that change by explaining where our complex ideas about nature come from, why they are wrong, and what we can do to change them.

Poseidon's Realm A Voyage Around the Aegean

Poseidon's Realm A Voyage Around the Aegean

Author: Peter Marshall Format: Hardback Release Date: 15/02/2016

Research Methods

Research Methods

Author: Peter Marshall Format: eBook Release Date: 25/04/2014

All social science courses offered at universities include a research methods module. This book explains the various methods available to social researchers, and the basic principles, strengths and weaknesses involved in the use of both qualitative and quantitative methods.

A Handbook of Hypnotherapy A Practitioners' Guide

A Handbook of Hypnotherapy A Practitioners' Guide

Author: Peter Marshall Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 02/01/2013

In simple, plain English style, this book will guide you through the entire subject - the theories underlying hypnosis, the disorders it can be used to treat, the wide range of procedures and the protocols for treating different conditions. You will find step-by-step guidance on how to conduct a course of hypnotherapy, from the initial consultation, through establishing rapport with the client, taking a case history, deciding on the appropriate techniques to use, setting realistic therapy aims and objectives, psycho-education, gathering of therapy resources, induction, deepening, therapeutic intervention, ego strengthening to wakening the patient. There is even a chapter that deals with all aspects of managing a successful therapy practice.

How to Study and Learn Your Practical Guide to Effective Study Skills

How to Study and Learn Your Practical Guide to Effective Study Skills

Author: Peter Marshall Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 12/06/2012

Are you thinking of studying or training for an important qualification? Do you know the best techniques for studying and learning to ensure you achieve the best results as quickly as possible? Whether you are at college or university, doing projects or assignments, writing essays, receiving continuous assessment or preparing for exams this is the book for you. Now in its third edition, this practical book covers getting your thinking right, organising yourself properly, finding and processing the information you need, reading effectively, developing good writing skills, thinking creatively, motivating yourself, and more. Whatever your subject, age or background, start now and turn yourself into a winning candidate.

Reformation England 1480-1642

Reformation England 1480-1642

Author: Peter Marshall Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 01/03/2012

Reformation England 1480-1642 provides a clear and accessible narrative account of the English Reformation, explaining how historical interpretations of its major themes have changed and developed over the past few decades, where they currently stand - and where they seem likely to go. A great deal of interesting and important new work on the English Reformation has appeared recently, such as lively debates on Queen Mary's role, work on the divisive character of Puritanism, and studies on music and its part in the Reformation. The spate of new material indicates the importance and vibrancy of the topic, and also of the continued need for students and lecturers to have some means of orientating themselves among its thickets and by-ways. This revised edition takes into account new contributions to the subject and offers the author's expert judgment on their meaning and significance.

Sounding Forth the Trumpet for Young Readers 1837-1860

Sounding Forth the Trumpet for Young Readers 1837-1860

Author: Peter Marshall, David Manuel, Anna Wilson Fishel Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 23/12/2011

From the very beginning it would seem that God had a plan for America. From its discovery by Europeans to its settlement, from the Revolution to Manifest Destiny, from the stirrings of civil unrest to civil war, America was on a path. In our pluralistic world, when textbooks are being rewritten in ways that obscure the Judeo-Christian beginnings of our country, the books in the Discovering God's Plan for America series help ground young readers in a distinctly evangelical way of understanding early American history. As young readers look at their nation's development from God's point of view, they will begin to have a clearer idea of how much we owe to a very few--and how much is still at stake. These engaging books bring history alive in a way that will inspire young people to take their important part in shaping this nation into the future.

From Sea to Shining Sea for Young Readers 1787-1837

From Sea to Shining Sea for Young Readers 1787-1837

Author: Peter Marshall, David Manuel, Anna Wilson Fishel Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 23/12/2011

From the very beginning it would seem that God had a plan for America. From its discovery by Europeans to its settlement, from the Revolution to Manifest Destiny, from the stirrings of civil unrest to civil war, America was on a path. In our pluralistic world, when textbooks are being rewritten in ways that obscure the Judeo-Christian beginnings of our country, the books in the Discovering God's Plan for America series help ground young readers in a distinctly evangelical way of understanding early American history. As young readers look at their nation's development from God's point of view, they will begin to have a clearer idea of how much we owe to a very few--and how much is still at stake. These engaging books bring history alive in a way that will inspire young people to do their important part in shaping this nation into the future.

The Light and the Glory for Young Readers 1492-1787

The Light and the Glory for Young Readers 1492-1787

Author: Peter Marshall, David Manuel, Anna Wilson Fishel Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 01/11/2011

From the very beginning it would seem that God had a plan for America. From its discovery by Europeans to its settlement, from the Revolution to Manifest Destiny, from the stirrings of civil unrest to civil war, America was on a path. In our pluralistic world, when textbooks are being rewritten in ways that obscure the Judeo-Christian beginnings of our country, the books in the Discovering God's Plan for America series help ground young readers in a distinctly evangelical way of understanding early American history. As young readers look at their nation's development from God's point of view, they will begin to have a clearer idea of how much we owe to a very few--and how much is still at stake. These engaging books bring history alive in a way that will inspire young people to do their important part in shaping this nation into the future.

Unlocking Your Potential How to Master Your Mind, Life and Destiny

Unlocking Your Potential How to Master Your Mind, Life and Destiny

Author: Peter Marshall Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 01/08/2011

If you really want to unlock your potential and become master of your own life, you will need to remove the barriers to success, including your own narrow expectations and those imposed by others. This book will introduce you to techniques for overcoming the limiting effects of past conditioning, misguided or obsolete teachings and repressed conflicts. You will learn how to develop your creativity, improve your ability to solve problems and manage your social contacts to facilitate success.

The Reformation: A Very Short Introduction

The Reformation: A Very Short Introduction

Author: Peter Marshall Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 22/10/2009

The Reformation transformed Europe, and left an indelible mark on the modern world. It began as an argument about what Christians needed to do to be saved, but rapidly engulfed society in a series of fundamental changes. This Very Short Introduction provides a lively and up-to-date guide to the process. It explains doctrinal debates in a clear and non-technical way, but is equally concerned to demonstrate the effects the Reformation had on politics, society, art, and minorities. Peter Marshall argues that the Reformation was not a solely European phenomenon, but that varieties of faith exported from Europe transformed Christianity into a truly world religion. The complex legacy of the Reformation is also assessed; its religious fervour produced remarkable stories of sanctity and heroism, and some extraordinary artistic achievements, but violence, holy war, and martyrdom were equally its products. A paradox of the Reformation - that it intensified intolerance while establishing pluralism - is one we still wrestle with today. ABOUT THE SERIES: The Very Short Introductions series from Oxford University Press contains hundreds of titles in almost every subject area. These pocket-sized books are the perfect way to get ahead in a new subject quickly. Our expert authors combine facts, analysis, perspective, new ideas, and enthusiasm to make interesting and challenging topics highly readable.

From Sea to Shining Sea 1787-1837

From Sea to Shining Sea 1787-1837

Author: Peter Marshall, David Manuel Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 01/07/2009

In From Sea to Shining Sea history buffs are transported back to the post-revolutionary era to discover how God intervened on behalf of a struggling nation. This fast-paced, absorbing narrative and sequel to the bestselling The Light and the Glory covers that fragile time in America's history from 1787 to 1837 when a newborn nation faced challenges and overcame her growing pains by clinging to her Christian heritage.

The Light and the Glory 1492-1793

The Light and the Glory 1492-1793

Author: Peter Marshall, David Manuel Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 01/03/2009

Did Columbus believe that God called him west to undiscovered lands? Does American democracy owe its inception to the handful of Pilgrims that settled at Plymouth? If, indeed, there was a specific, divine call upon this nation, is it still valid today? The Light and the Glory answers these questions and many more for history buffs. As readers look at their nation's history from God's point of view, they will begin to have an idea of how much we owe to a very few--and how much is still at stake. Now revised and expanded for the first time in more than thirty years, The Light and the Glory is poised to show new readers just how special their country is.

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