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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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Vendor: Penguin Books
Publication Date: 2005
In this masterful history, Diarmaid MacCulloch conveys the drama, complexity, and continuing relevance of these events. He offers vivid portraits of the most significant individualsLuther, Calvin, Zwingli, Loyola, Henry VIII, and a number of popesbut 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 cultures debt to the period will ensure the books wide appeal among history readers.
David Crumm and ReadTheSpirit.com▼▲
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?
“A learned, enlightening, and disturbing masterwork . . . This isn’t merely ‘a history’ of the Reformation, but rather ‘the history.’”
—Michael Dirda, The Washington Post
“One of the most magisterial and stylishly written historical works to be published in a decade . . . MacCulloch’s analyses of the lives, personalities, ideas, and struggles are at once sharp and profound. . . . A lasting work.”
—Benjamin Schwarz, The Atlantic
“Evenhanded, learned, and profound . . . It is difficult to imagine anybody writing a better book about the Reformation.”
—Karen Armstong, Los Angeles Times Book Review
“Superb . . . MacCulloch brings the history of the Reformation into vivid focus, providing what must surely be the best general account available.”
—A. C. Grayling, Financial Times
“Dazzling . . . A magnificent achievement . . . It is hard not to admire a book that is such a masterpiece of learning, and yet written with a disarming lightness of touch.”
—Michael Howard, The Times Literary Supplement
“A masterpiece of readable scholarship . . . In its field it is the best book ever written.”
—David Edwards, The Guardian
Elizabeth Stone1 Stars Out Of 5Not as expectedNovember 2, 2017Elizabeth StoneQuality: 1Value: 1Meets Expectations: 1A heavy duty history, but in the introduction the author speaks of "Christian foibles" and it is clear he is more focused on the faults of the Reformation than the spiritual results for the church. I bought it to prepare a series of sermons on the Reformation. I used it only sparingly, and relied on other resources for my research.
DocHutchinsIndianaAge: 35-44Gender: male5 Stars Out Of 5Excellent overview for all readersOctober 24, 2011DocHutchinsIndianaAge: 35-44Gender: maleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5This 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.
Mrs. Sandra NortonPort Matilda, PAAge: Over 65Gender: female2 Stars Out Of 5No way, Christian friendFebruary 21, 2011Mrs. Sandra NortonPort Matilda, PAAge: Over 65Gender: femaleQuality: 2Value: 2Meets Expectations: 1The 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.