A bestselling biography of one of the Reformations’ central characters from the author of Mary Queen of Scots: Truth or Lies.
Following John Knox’s career in Scotland, England, France, Switzerland, and Germany, Rosalind K. Marshall explains in straightforward terms the issues and beliefs which concerned the theologian so deeply. She also focuses on his relationship with the opposite sex, discussing the notorious First Blast of the Trumpet against the Monstrous Regiment of Women, his dealings with Mary, Queen of Scots, and the patient, revealing letters he wrote his mother-in-law.
This book untangles truth from mythology in the life of this strange, complex, and determined man and constructs a balanced picture of sixteenth-century Scotland that places Knox clearly within the context of change and reformation which was sweeping the whole of Europe. The result is a richer and more complex portrayal of both Scotland and Knox than any hitherto available, and the first modern paperback of one of the most famous of all Scottish figures.
Praise for John Knox and the books of Rosalind K. Marshall
“A rare gift to the reading public.” —International Review of Scottish Studies
“An admirable new biography . . . a remarkable study, illuminating both a character and an age.” —Antonia Fraser, award-winning author of Cromwell, on Mary of Guise
“Dr Marshall . . . uses exactly the right mixture of flowing, readable narrative . . . to breathe life into the historical dust.” —Jack Firth on Bonnie Prince Charlie