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- Publisher: Penguin USA
- Format: Paperback | 864 pages
- Dimensions: 135mm x 213mm x 41mm | 816g
- Publication date: 13 September 2010
- Publication City/Country: New York, NY
- ISBN 10: 014303538X
- ISBN 13: 9780143035381
- Edition statement: Reprint
- Sales rank: 48,979
The National Book Critics Circle Award-winning history of the Reformation--from the "New York Times" bestselling author of "Christianity" and "Silence" 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.
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Diarmaid MacCulloch is Professor of the History of the Church at Oxford University. He is the "New York Times "bestselling author of ""Silence: A Christian History"; Christianity," winner of the Cundill Prize and the Hessell-Tiltman Prize; "The Reformation, "winner of the National Book Critics Circle Award, the Wolfson Prize, and the British Academy Prize;""and "Thomas Cranmer," winner of the Whitbread Prize, the James Tait Black Prize, and the Duff Cooper Prize. A Fellow of the British Academy and the Royal Historical Society, MacCulloch was knighted in 2012 for his services to scholarship. He lives in Oxford, England.
Praise for "The Reformation" "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"