Jonathan Reimer

Dr. Jonathan Reimer is a historian, specialising in Early Modern History (the Renaissance and Reformation) and Late Antique Theology (particularly focused on the life and writing of Augustine of Hippo). He holds a Ph.D. in History from the University of Cambridge (2017). After completing his doctoral research, Dr. Reimer was awarded a Postdoctoral Research Fellowship with the Society for Renaissance Studies (2017-2018). On returning home to Vancouver, he became a Research Associate at the Vancouver School of Theology (2018-2019).

Presently, Dr. Reimer is completing his first book on the life and writings of the English clergyman and bestselling devotional author Thomas Becon (1512-1567). He is also researching a second book on the phenomenon of religious recantation (of renouncing one’s previous beliefs, teaching and writing, often publicly) in Reformation Britain. As part of his research, he has been awarded a Holland Visiting Fellowship at Durham University (2020) to examine pamphlets about recantations, particularly the controversial recantations of Thomas Cranmer (1489-1556), the first Archbishop of Canterbury after Henry VIII’s break with the Roman Catholic Church.


Ph.D. in History, University of Cambridge

Th.M. in Theology, Regent College

M.A, in Church History, Regent College

B.A. (Hons.) in History, University of British Columbia


“Selling Forbidden Protestant Books in Early Tudor Cambridge.” Transactions of the Cambridge Bibliographical Society, forthcoming in 2020.

“Another Lost Work by Thomas Becon?” Notes & Queries, forthcoming in 2019.

“Thomas Becon: A Popular Devotional Writer.” In Sources of the Christian Self: A Cultural History of Christian Identity, eds. James Houston and Jens Zimmerman (Eerdmans: Grand Rapids, 2018), 411-422.

“Thomas Becon’s Henrician Writing: Composition and County Patronage, 1541-1543.” Reformation 21:1 (2016): 8-24.

“History as Polemical Theology in Elizabethan England: Thomas Becon’s Relikes of Rome.” In Themes of Polemical Theology Across Early Modern Literary Genres, eds. Svorad Savarský, Lucy R. Nichols and Andrea Riedl (Cambridge: Cambridge Scholars Press, 2016), 15-16.

“Stir Up the Heart: The Use, Protreptic Purpose and Theological Significance of the Verb Excitare in Augustine’s Confessions.” Augustiniana 63:1-4 (2013): 155-172.

I also write book reviews for the Journal of Ecclesiastical History, the Journal of World History, Church History, First Things, and (the sadly now defunct) Books & Culture.

Previous Appointments

Research Associate, Vancouver School of Theology (2018-2019)

Postdoctoral Research Fellow, Society for Renaissance Studies (2017-2018)

Visiting Lecturer, The Margaret Beaufort Institute of Theology (2017)

Professional Societies

The Sixteenth Century Society

The Society for Reformation Studies

Current Research Projects

I am currently writing a book on the life and writings of the English clergyman and bestselling devotional author Thomas Becon (1512-1567). This will be followed by a book on the phenomenon of religious recantation in Reformation Britain.


Contributions of short articles to several academic blogs. These pieces highlight my interest in archival research.

  • “In Defence of Cataloguing Details.” Brasenose College Oxford Library Blog (

  • “Forbidden Protestant Books in Tudor Cambridge.” Society for Renaissance Studies Blog (