The editors wish to thank, first and foremost, our contributors, whose patience, enthusiasm, and expertise have contributed in equal parts to the joys of bringing together this volume. Manchester University Press have been exemplary in their support and attention to detail. Many of the authors whose chapters are collected here came together in York for a 2012 symposium on ‘Gender and Conversion in Early Modern Europe’; we wish to thank the Centre for Renaissance and Early Modern Studies and the Humanities Research Centre at York for their support of that event. Thanks, too, to Mark Jenner and Robin McDonald, whose insightful comments and queries did much to shape our thinking. The editors are also grateful for the hospitality of staff at the Folger Shakespeare Library, Washington DC, and the enthusiasm of participants in our Faculty Weekend Seminar on ‘Narratives of Conversion in Reformation Europe, ca. 1550–1700’ in September 2014. Though not tied directly to this volume, those conversations helped to shape and finesse our thinking on questions of conversion, narrative, and identity.
We also wish to thank the Arts and Humanities Research Council, whose generous funding of the three-year project ‘Conversion Narratives in Early Modern Europe: A Comparative and Cross-Confessional Study’ (2010–13) provided the occasion not only for this book but for a host of opportunities for scholarly exchange, research, and collaboration. Though there is not room here to thank all of those colleagues and scholars with whom we have enjoyed stimulating conversion conversations across and beyond the life of the project, we can at least acknowledge how much we have benefited from the inspiration – and the friendship – of our two postdoctoral colleagues Peter Mazur and Abigail Shinn, who readily converted us to the delights of collaborative research.