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HENRY FROWDE, M.A.
PUBLISHER TO THE UNIVERSITY OF OXFORD
LONDON, EDINBURGH, NEW YORK
TORONTO AND MELBOURNE
ILLUSTRATIVE OF THE
REV. B. J. KIDD, D.D.
KEBLE COLLEGE; TUTOR OF NON-COLLEGIATE STUDENTS, LECTURER OF
AT THE CLARENDON PRESS
M CM XI
IN 1890 it fell to my lot to lecture, for the Delegates of Non-Collegiate Students, in the Faculty of Theology, on the English Reformation. In 1892, Dr. Bright, then Regius Professor of Ecclesiastical History, honoured me with a request to lecture for him on the Continental Reformation. Both these subjects were at that time. recognized as Ordinary Subjects for the Honour School of Theology. But they were apt to receive unequal attention. The sources of the English Reformation were made accessible in 1896 in Gee & Hardy, Documents illustrative of English Church History: but there was no similar collection available for the study of the Continental Reformation. In 1897, I asked the Board of the Faculty of Theology to consider the preparation of such a volume; and they were good enough not only to suggest that I should undertake it, but also to commend the proposal, with all the weight of their authority, to the Delegates of the University Press. The Delegates consented and hence this attempt. One of their number, Dr. Stubbs, then Bishop of Oxford, made the important suggestion that the collection should include some Scottish documents'.
I trust that the attempt to render the sources of the Continental Reformation accessible to English readers