John Knox Further Reading - Essay

Further Reading

(Literary Criticism (1400-1800))


Brown, P. Hume. John Knox: A Biography. 2 vols. London: Adam and Charles Black, 1895.

Classic scholarly examination of Knox.

Cowan, Henry. John Knox: The Hero of the Scottish Reformation. 1905. Reprint, New York: AMS Press, 1970, 404 p.

Examines Knox's career and works in historical context.

Lang, Andrew. John Knox and the Reformation. 1905. Reprint, Port Washington, N.Y.: Kennikat Press, 1967, 281 p.

Sound historical study, but unsympathetic to Knox's religious views.

Percy, Lord Eustace. John Knox. 1937. Reprint, Richmond, Va.: John Knox Press, 1965, 343 p.

Very highly praised volume.

Ridley, Jasper. John Knox. Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1968, 596 p.

Study of Knox's life; includes substantial bibliography.


Burns, J. H. "The Political Ideas of the Scottish Reformation." Aberdeen University Review 36, No. 3 (Spring 1956): 251-68.

Considers the problem of political obligation and obedience in regards to the Scottish Protestants in the years of 1548 through 1570.

Dickinson, William Croft. An introduction to John Knox's History of the Reformation of Scotland, Vol. 1. Edited by William Croft Dickinson, pp. xv-lxxxvi. Edinburgh: Thomas Nelson and Sons, 1949.

Examines the development of the exiled Knox's philosophy of rebellion, the political situations of England and Scotland, respectively, and proposals outlined in Knox's Book on Discipline.

Kyle, Richard G. The Mind of John Knox. Lawrence, Kan.: Coronado Press, 1984, 347 p.

Study of Knox's intellectual life, including Knox's influences, his concepts, and his development of resistance theory.

Murison, David D. "Knox the Writer," in John Knox: A Quatercentenary Reappraisal. Edited by Ducan Shaw, pp. 33-50. Edinburgh: The saint Andrews Press, 1975.

Considers different aspects of Knox's work, quoting from his private letters, his theological treatises, his public letters, and his historical work.

Watt, Hugh. John Knox in Controversy. New York: Philosophical Library, 1950, 109 p.

Collection of essays that focuses on various aspects of Knox's formative years as well as his more controversial periods.