The Reformation and Counter-Reformation represented the greatest upheaval in Western society since the collapse of the Roman Empire a millennium before. The consequences of those shattering events are still felt today—from the stark divisions between (and within) Catholic and Protestant countries to the Protestant ideology that governs America, the world's only remaining superpower.
In this masterful history, Diarmaid MacCulloch conveys the drama, complexity, and continuing relevance of these events. He offers vivid portraits of the most significant individuals—Luther, Calvin, Zwingli, Loyola, Henry VIII, and a number of popes—but also conveys why their ideas were so powerful and how the Reformation affected everyday lives. The result is a landmark book that will be the standard work on the Reformation for years to come. The narrative verve of The Reformation as well as its provocative analysis of American culture's debt to the period will ensure the book's wide appeal among history readers.
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Review: The ReformationUser Review - Robby Binette - Goodreads
Probably one of the best books I've ever read on the time period and the history of the Church. Unfortunately, this book is not for your average Joe but more for the history buffs. It's a very academic piece and very throughly researched. May be hard to grasp for some. Read full review
Review: The ReformationUser Review - Adam Yoshida - Goodreads
An engaging history that manages to span centuries, cultures, and continents. My one reservation: the author's annoying insistence on referring to the British Isles as the "Atlantic Isles" drove me nuts. Read full review
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