The Reformation

The Reformation : A History

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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."show more

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  • Paperback | 864 pages
  • 134.62 x 213.36 x 40.64mm | 816.46g
  • Penguin Putnam Inc
  • Penguin USA
  • New York, NY, United States
  • English
  • Reprint
  • 014303538X
  • 9780143035381
  • 14,568

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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" "show more

About Professor of the History of the Church Diarmaid MacCulloch

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, more

Table of contents

Preface and Acknowledgments List of Illustrations and Maps Introduction PART I: A COMMON CULTURE 1. The Old Church, 1490-1517 Seeing Salvation in Church. The First Pillar: The Mass and Purgatory. Layfolk at Prayer. The Second Pillar: Papal Primacy. A Pillar Cracks: Politics and the Papacy. Church Versus Commonwealth? 2. Hopes and Fears, 1490-1517 Shifting Boundaries. The Iberian Exception. The Iberian Achievement: The Western Church Exported. New Possibilities: Paper and Printing. Humanism: A New World from Books. Putting Renewal into Practice. Reform or the Last Days? Erasmus: Hopes, Fulfilled, Fears Stilled? 3. New Heaven: New Earth, 1517-24 The Shadow of Augustine. Luther: A Good Monk, 1483-1517. An Accidental Revolution, 1517-21. Whose Revolution? 1521-22. Evangelical Challenges: Zwingli and Radicalism, 1521-22. Zürich and Wittenberg, 1522-24. The Years of Carnival, 1521-24 4. Wooing the Magistrate,1524-40 Europe's Greatest Rebellion, 1524-25. Princely Churches or Christian Separation, 1525-30. The Birth of Protestantisms, 1529-33. Strassburg: New Rome or New Jerusalem? Kings and Reformers, 1530-40. A New King David? Münster and It's Aftermath 5. Reunion Deferred: Catholic and Protestant, 1530-60 A Southern Revival. Ignatius Loyola and the Early Jesuits. Hopes for a Deal: The 1541-42 Crisis. A Council at Trent: The First Session, 1545-49. Calvin in Geneva: The Reformed Answer to Münster . Calvin and the Eucharist: Protestant Divisions Confirmed. Reformed Protestantism: Alternatives to Calvin, 1540-60 6. Reunion Scorned, 1547-70 Crisis for the Habsburgs, 1547-55. 1555: An Emperor's Exhaustion, a Pope's Obsession. A Catholic Recovery: England, 1553-58. 1558-59: Turning Points for Dynasties. The Last Session of the Council of Trent, 1561-63. Protestants in Arms: France and the Low Countries, 1562-70 PART II: EUROPE DIVIDED: 1570-1619 7. The New Europe Defined, 1569-72 Northern and Southern Religion. Tridentine Successes. The Catholic Defense of Christendom, 1565-71. Militant Northern Protestants, 1569-72. The Massacre of St. Bartholomew, 1572. Poland 1569-76: An Alternative Future? Protestantism and Providence 8. The North: Protestant Heartlands Defining Lutheranism: Toward the Formula of Concord. The "Second Reformation" in Germany. Baltic Religious Contests: Poland-Lithuania and Scandinavia . The Northern Netherlands: Protestant Victory. The Northern Netherlands: The Arminian Crisis . A Reformed Success: Scotland. Elizabethan England: A Reformed Church?. Ireland: The Coming of the Counter-Reformation 9. The South: Catholic Heartlands Italy: The Counter-Reformation's Heart. Spain and Portugal: King Philip's Church. The Counter-Reformation as World Mission 10. Central Europe: Religion Contested The Empire and Habsburg Lands: A Shattered Church. Habsburgs, Wittlelsbachs, and a Catholic Recovery. Transylvania: A Reformed srael. France: Collapse of a Kingdom, 1572-98. France: A Late Counter-Reformation 11. Decision and Destruction, 1618-48 12. Coda: A British Legacy, 1600-1700 New English Beginnings: Richard Hooker and Lancelot Andrews. Early Stuart England: The Church's Golden Age? War in Three Kingdoms, 1638-60. A Spectrum of Protestantisms, 1660-1700. American Beginnings PART III: PATTERNS OF LIFE 13. Changing Times Time Endings. Hearing God's Voice. Fighting Antichrist: Idols. Fighting Antichrist: Witches 14. Death, Life, and Discipline Negotiations with Death and Magic. Telling out the Word. Godly Discipline. A Spirit of Protestantism? 15. Love and Sex: Staying the Same A Common Legacy. The Family in Society. The Fear of Sodomy 16. Love and Sex: Moving On The "Reformation of Manners". Catholicism, the Family and Celibacy. Protestantism and the Family. Choices in Religion 17. Outcomes Wars of Reformation. Tolerating Difference. Crosscurrents: Humanism and Natural Philosophy. Crosscurrents: Judaism and Doubts. The Enlightenment and Beyond Appendix of Texts: Creeds, Lord's Prayer, Ten Commandments, and Hail Mary Notes Further Reading Indexshow more