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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.

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Format: Paperback
Number of Pages: 816
Vendor: Penguin Random House
Publication Date: 2005
Dimensions: 8.25 X 5.13 (inches)
ISBN: 014303538X
ISBN-13: 9780143035381

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The National Book Critics Circle Award–winning history of the Reformation—from the New York Times bestselling author of Christianity 

At a time when men and women were prepared to kill—and be killed—for their faith, the Protestant Reformation tore the Western world apart. Acclaimed as the definitive account of these epochal events, Diarmaid MacCulloch's award-winning history brilliantly re-creates the religious battles of priests, monarchs, scholars, and politicians—from the zealous Martin Luther and his Ninety-Five Theses to the polemical John Calvin to the radical Igantius Loyola, from the tortured Thomas 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 lives—overturning ideas of love, sex, death, and the supernatural, and shaping the modern age.

Author Bio

Diarmaid MacCulloch is Professor of the History of the Church at Oxford University. He is the author of Thomas Cranmer, winner of the Whitbread Prize, the James Tait Black Prize, and the Duff Cooper Prize; Christianity, a New York Times bestseller that won the Cundill Prize in History and was chosen by The New Yorker and The New York Times as a Best Book of the Year; and Silence: A Christian History. The Reformation won the National Book Critics Circle Award, the Wolfson Prize, and the British Academy Prize A Fellow of the British Academy and the Royal Historical Society, he was knighted by the Queen for his services to scholarship.

David Crumm and ReadTheSpirit.com

Everybody’s 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 MacCulloch’s 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, how’s that for a solidly Protestant argument in favor of MacCulloch’s fine book?

Editorial Reviews

Praise for The Reformation

 "This isn’t merely ’a history’ of the Reformation, but rather ’the history.’ One would be hard put to imagine a more detailed, even-handed, clearly written account of the religious controversies of the sixteenth century. . . . The Reformation is a learned, enlightening, and disturbing masterwork."
—Michael Dirda, The Washington Post Book World

"Richly encyclopedic . . . MacCulloch brings the history of the Reformation into vivid focus, providing what must surely be the best general account available."
—Financial Times

"Monumental . . . The Reformation is set to become a landmark."
—Lisa Jardine, The Observer

"Handled here with brilliance, this is the kind of history that normally gives even academic historians vertigo."                                                                        
—The Economist

"Deserves to become the standard history of early modern Europe religion and its legacy, synthesizing and assessing a quarter-century of international scholarship . . . Like the best of historians, he helps us to understand why we are; and why we need not be so."
—Ronald Hutton, The Independent
 
"Wide-ranging, richly layered and captivating . . . This spectacular intellectual history reminds us that the Reformation grew out of the Renaissance, and provides a compelling glimpse of the cultural currents that formed the background to reform. MacCulloch’s magisterial book should become the definitive history of the Reformation."
Publishers Weekly (starred review)

 "A masterpiece of readable scholarship . . . In its field it is the best book ever written."
—David Edwards, The Guardian

 "From Politics to witchcraft, from the liturgy to sex; the sweep of European history covered here is breathtakingly panoramic. This is a model work of history."
—Noel Malcolm, Sunday Telegraph

"Excellent . . . There are moments of sheer pleasure. . . . MacCulloch’s well-paced style makes the book seem half its length."
—Felipe Fernandez-Armesto, The Sunday Times

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    5 Stars Out Of 5
    Excellent overview for all readers
    October 24, 2011
    DocHutchins
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    Gender: male
    Quality: 5
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    Meets Expectations: 5
    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 Reformation in a way that does justice to the passions of the Reformers and their successes while even-handedly describing their missteps. MacCulloh is also skilled at representing clearly what was at stake in theological disputes without simplifying them or cheapening what some outsiders to the movement have otherwise described as petty disagreements in the ivory tower. MacCulloh goes to great lengths to demonstrate that theology mattered intensely to everyday people during the Reformation, which sheds light on why the movement expanded so quickly and had such lasting impact. This is a must-read for the non-religious as well as believers.
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    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.
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