Sixteenth-Century Studies


Religious Reformation


Frank Ll. Harrison, Music in Medieval Britain (London: Routledge and Kegan Paul, 1958) (library)

Hugh Benham, Latin Church Music in England, c.1460–1575 (London: Barrie and Jenkins, 1977) (library)

Peter le Huray, Music and the Reformation in England (2nd edn, Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1978) (library)

Magnus Williamson, ‘The Role of Religious Guilds in the Cultivation of Ritual Polyphony in England: The Case of Louth, 1450–1550’ in Music and Musicians in Renaissance Towns and Cities, ed. Fiona Kisby (Cambridge, 2001), 82–93 (library)

Dana Marsh, ‘Sacred Polyphony ‘not understandid’: Medieval Exegesis, Ritual Tradition, and Henry VIII’s Reformation’, Early Music History, 29 (2010), 33–77 (jstor)

Alec Ryrie, ‘Paths Not Taken in the British Reformations’, The Historical Journal, 52 (2009), 1–22 (jstor)

Re-Forming the Psalms in Tudor England, ed. Ruth Ahnert, a special issue of Renaissance Studies, 29 (2015), 493–680 (wiley)

Jonathan Willis, Church Music and Protestantism in Post-Reformation England: Discourses, Sites and Identities (Farnham: Ashgate, 2010) (library) (e-book)

Beth Quitslund, The Reformation in Rhyme: Sternhold, Hopkins and the English Metrical Psalter, 1547–1603 (Farnham: Ashgate, 2008) (library) (e-book)


To what extent was the classification of church music as an adiaphoron reflected in the praxis of the sixteenth-century English church?