Reformation historians have adopted a much wider range of perspectives over the last 50 years. Important men no longer dominate the narrative. Much more attention is now paid to social context, modes of communication and local components of religious change. Principal Matheson has been an important contributor to such new perspectives. Widely respected internationally for his scholarship and range of publications, he has been offered these essays as a tribute by colleagues and former students in the hope that further research and reflection will be stimulated.