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dc.contributor.advisorMason, Roger A.
dc.contributor.authorTapscott, Elizabeth L.
dc.description.abstractThe decades before the Scottish Reformation Parliament of 1560 witnessed the unprecedented use of a range of different media to disseminate the Protestant message and to shape beliefs and attitudes. By placing these works within their historical context, this thesis explores the ways in which various media – academic discourse, courtly entertainments, printed poetry, public performances, preaching and pedagogical tools – were employed by evangelical and Protestant reformers to persuade and/or educate different audiences within sixteenth-century Scottish society. The thematic approach examines not only how the reformist message was packaged, but how the movement itself and its persuasive agenda developed, revealing the ways in which it appealed to ever broader circles of Scottish society. In their efforts to bring about religious change, the reformers capitalised on a number of traditional media, while using different media to address different audiences. Hoping to initiate reform from within Church institutions, the reformers first addressed their appeals to the kingdom’s educated elite. When their attempts at reasoned academic discourse met with resistance, they turned their attention to the monarch, James V, and the royal court. Reformers within the court utilised courtly entertainments intended to amuse the royal circle and to influence the young king to oversee the reformation of religion within his realm. When, following James’s untimely death in 1542, the throne passed to his infant daughter, the reformers took advantage of the period of uncertainty that accompanied the minority. Through the relatively new technology of print, David Lindsay’s poetry and English propaganda presented the reformist message to audiences beyond the kingdom’s elite. Lindsay and other reformers also exploited the oral media of religious theatre in public spaces, while preaching was one of the most theologically significant, though under-researched, means of disseminating the reformist message. In addition to works intended to convert, the reformers also recognised the need for literature to edify the already converted. To this end, they produced pedagogical tools for use in individual and group devotions. Through the examination of these various media of persuasion, this study contributes to our understanding of the means by which reformed ideas were disseminated in Scotland, as well as the development of the reformist movement before 1560.en_US
dc.publisherUniversity of St Andrews
dc.rightsCreative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivs 3.0 Unported
dc.subjectScottish Reformationen_US
dc.subjectAcademic discourseen_US
dc.subjectCourtly entertainmentsen_US
dc.subjectPrinting pressen_US
dc.subjectPublic performanceen_US
dc.subjectPedagogical toolsen_US
dc.subjectVernacular Biblesen_US
dc.subjectJames Ven_US
dc.subjectPatrick Hamiltonen_US
dc.subjectSir David Lindsay of the Mounten_US
dc.subjectJohn Knoxen_US
dc.subjectGeorge Wisharten_US
dc.subjectAlexander Alesiusen_US
dc.subjectMurdoch Nisbeten_US
dc.subjectThe richt vay to the Kingdome of Heuienen_US
dc.subjectGeorge Buchananen_US
dc.subjectGodly fiten_US
dc.subjectRough wooingsen_US
dc.subject.lcshChristian literature, English--Protestant authors--History and criticismen_US
dc.subject.lcshChristian education--Scotland--History--16th centuryen_US
dc.subject.lcshLindsay, David, Sir, fl. 1490-1555
dc.titlePropaganda and persuasion in the early Scottish Reformation, c.1527-1557en_US
dc.type.qualificationnamePhD Doctor of Philosophyen_US
dc.publisher.institutionThe University of St Andrewsen_US
dc.publisher.departmentReformation Studies Institute and the Institute of Scottish Historical Researchen_US

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