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Penguin Putnam Inc. / 2005 / Paperback
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Winner of the 2004 Wolfson Prize for History, and the Winner of the 2004 British Academy Prize, as well as Winner of the National Book Critics Circle Award.
At a time when men and women were prepared to kill - and be killed - for their faith, the Reformation tore the western world apart. Acclaimed as the definitive account of these epochal events, MacCulloch's award-winning history brilliantly re-creates the religious battles of priests, monarchs, scholars, politicians - from Martin Luther to Loyola, from Cramer to Philip II.
Profound historical account presented with skill and magnificence. 832 pages.
At a time when men and women were prepared to killand be killedfor their faith, the Reformation tore the Western world apart. Acclaimed as the definitive account of these epochal events, Diarmaid MacCullochs award-winning new history brilliantly re-creates the religious battles of priests, monarchs, scholars, and politiciansfrom the zealous Martin Luther to the radical Loyola, from the tortured Cranmer to the ambitious Philip II.
Drawing together the many strands of the Reformation and Counter-Reformation, and ranging widely across Europe and the New World, MacCulloch reveals as never before how these dramatic upheavals affected everyday livesoverturning ideas of love, sex, death, and the supernatural, and shaping the modern age.
David Crumm and ReadTheSpirit.com
Everybodys flocking backward to the Reformation these days to take a fresh look at the roots of its creative energy and its occasional mistakes. Each season brings popular new opinions about its genius or its flaws.
To engage in this cutting-edge debate, treat yourself to the rich research and the sprinkling of dry humor in Oxford historian Diarmaid MacCullochs essential overview of the era. At one point, for example, he describes a 16th-century concept he calls "theological road rage." Readers who wade into his thick book sometimes compare the pleasures of their journey to their discovery of the popular historian Barbara Tuchman in the 1970s.
Besides, considering the popularity of debating the future of Protestantism these days, doing your homework on the movement simply makes good sense. Why, viewed from that perspective, buying this book is a downright practical investment. Now, hows that for a solidly Protestant argument in favor of MacCullochs fine book?
"This isnt merely a history of the Reformation, but rather the history." Michael Dirda, The Washington Post
"MacCulloch brings the history of the Reformation into vivid focus, providing what must surely be the best general account available." Financial Times
"A lasting work [and] one of the most magisterial and stylishly written historical works to be published in a decade." The Atlantic Monthly
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