John N. King

John N. King

John N. King

Distinguished University Professor Emeritus, Humanities Distinguished Professor Emeritus of English and Religious Studies



  • Ph.D. University of Chicago

Distinguished University Professor Emeritus; Humanities Distinguished Professor Emeritus of English & of Religious Studies; Senior Research Fellow, Rare Book School: the English Renaissance, with emphasis on sixteenth-century literature, Spenser, Shakespeare, and Milton; Reformation literature, history, and art; the history of the book; printing history; and manuscript studies.Author of English Reformation Literature: The Tudor Origins of the Protestant Tradition; Tudor Royal Iconography: Literature and Art in an Age of Religious Crisis; Spenser's Poetry and the Reformation Tradition; Milton and Religious Controversy: Satire and Polemic in Paradise Lost; Foxe's Book of Martyr's and Early Modern Print Culture ; and many essays and reviews. Former editor of Reformation and former co-editor of Literature and History . Editor of The Vocation of John Bale; Anne Askew's Examinations; Foxe’s Book of Martyrs: Select Narratives; Voices of the English Reformation: A Source Book; and Tudor Books and Readers: Materiality and the Construction of Meaning. Co-editor of Henry VIII and His Afterlives: Literature, Politics, and Art; John Foxe and His World; and Foxe's Book of Martyrs. Recipient of fellowships from the American Council of Learned Societies, American Philosophical Society, Bibliographical Society of America, Folger Shakespeare Library, John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation, Henry E. Huntington Library, Lilly Endowment in conjunction with the National Humanities Center, National Endowment for the Humanities, Renaissance Society of America, and Rockefeller Foundation. Faculty affiliate of OSU's Department of Comparative Studies, Center for Medieval and Renaissance Studies, and Center for the Study of Religion.


  • Reformation literature and culture
  • History of the Book during the late Middle Ages, Reformation, and Counter Reformation
  • The Renaissance Bible
  • Christian visual art, iconography and iconoclasm