Alec Ryrie

Alec Ryrie is Professor of the History of Christianity at Durham University. After publishing several academic works, his first foray into trade publishing was The Sorcerer’s Tale (OUP, 2008): ‘very elegantly written …Ryrie shows himself to be as much a stylist as a scholar’, said Peter Ackroyd in The Times. His double prize-winning Being Protestant in Reformation Britain (OUP, 2013) was described in the Times Literary Supplement as ‘immensely rewarding … No book has ever brought early modern Protestantism to life so vividly, so eloquently and so movingly’.

In 2017 HarperCollins (UK) and Viking Penguin (US) published his Protestants, a global, 500-year history of this huge, protean religious movement, ‘a masterly history’ (WSJ) written with ‘the affection of an insider and the judgement of a first-class historian’ (Sunday Times). His Unbelievers: An Emotional History of Doubt was published by HarperCollins in 2019.

Books by Alec Ryrie