James M. Stayer

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James M. Stayer (born 1935) is a historian specializing in the German Reformation, particularly the anabaptist movement. He is also a Professor Emeritus at Queen's University in Kingston, Ontario, Canada.[1] Born in Lancaster County, Pennsylvania, Stayer received his PhD from Cornell University in 1964. After teaching at Ithaca College, Bridgewater College and Bucknell University, he moved to Canada in 1968 to teach at Queen's University. He became a Canadian citizen in 1977.


  • Anabaptists and the Sword (1972, 1976)
  • The Anabaptists and Thomas Müntzer (1980) (co-edited with Werner O. Packull)[2]
  • The German Peasants' War and Anabaptist Community of Goods (1991, 1994)
  • Martin Luther, German saviour: German evangelical theological factions and the interpretation of Luther, 1917–1933 (2000)
  • Radikalität und Dissent im 16. Jahrhundert/Radicalism and Dissent in the Sixteenth Century (2002) (co-edited with Hans-Jürgen Goertz)
  • "A Companion to Anabaptism and Spiritualism, 1521–1700" (2007) (co-edited with John D. Roth)


  1. ^ "James Stayer". Queens University. Archived from the original on 10 December 2010. Retrieved 1 November 2010.
  2. ^ Klaassen, Walter (1 December 1982). "The Anabaptists and Thomas Müntzer. Edited by James M. Stayer and Werner O. Packull. Dubuque, Iowa: Kendall/Hunt Publishing Company, 1980. v + 167 pp". Church History. Cambridge University Press. 51 (4): 455–6. doi:10.2307/3166208. ISSN 1755-2613. JSTOR 3166208. Retrieved 28 April 2014.