The Reformation

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Viking, 2004 - Religion - 792 pages
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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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Excellent overview for all readers

User Review  - DocHutchins -

This is possibly the clearest, fairest and most scholarly of popular books treating the Reformation. MacCulloh manages to present the complicated and often misrepresented events of the European ... Read full review

No way, Christian friend

User Review  - Mrs. Sandra Norton -

The author is without a doubt very well educated - and, yes, - brilliant. However, if you are a born-again, Bible-believing, evangelical Christian - don't waste your money on this book. Read full review


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Diarmaid MacCulloch is a fellow of St. Cross College, Oxford, and a professor of the history of the Church at Oxford University. His books include The Boy King: Edward VI and the Protestant Reformation and the award-winning Thomas Cramner: A Life.

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