MacCulloch has taken a subject full of controversy and oversize individuals and made the book a page turner. In his 2009 article ‘(Re)defining the English Reformation’, Peter Marshall described the recent explosion of English Reformation scholarship as something that had become ‘a large and untidy garden, alive with luxuriant foliage, periodic colorful … This sequence of events was subsequently termed the Reformation, and in later Western historical schemas it became a key episode in modern history. Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read. Lengthy and somewhat informed. Now, I've finally finished reading it and I am glad that I did. The text covers culture and morality (marriage, sex, etc.) A little on the dry side as well. I was enlightened and amazed by way more than I can remember. Reviewed in the United States on October 23, 2008. In Heretics and Believers: A History of the English Reformation, Peter Marshall retells the story of the English Reformation by considering how religion affected the struggle for … ---Michael Dirda, The Washington Post Book World. Strongly recommended, Reviewed in the United States on December 18, 2017. Rather it is a history of religion and culture covering the period of the Reformation in Europe and to some extent the Americas. The concluding quotation, from Arthur Golding, will stick though. Read more about Martin Luther, the Thirty Years War and the Counter-Reformation. I do wish the 30 years war had been covered in more detail, but that may be asking too much from an already 700 pp. For example -- what are the different roots of the White and Black southern protestantisms? On the jacket of this masterpiece of readable … ISSN 2330-717X Tuesday, January 19, 2021 As this strange summer of staying put winds down, one thing remains truer than ever: Books offer us endless adventure and new horizons to... 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. Professor David J. Davis, review of All Things Made New: Writings on the Reformation, (review no. The Protestant challenge to the Roman Church unleashed two centuries of upheaval and bloodshed unmatched until the wars of the twentieth century. I picked this up because I knew almost nothing about the Reformation, and I felt like I should at least have the basic history straight for events which were so vital to the shaping of the modern world. The author's sense of humor is always present--he tells us that the reformers liked to sport long beards so that they would resemble Old Testament patriarchs, and then he introduces two pictures of reformers with cascading, curly beards covering their chests. In Reformation: Europese House Divided (2004), Oxford theologian Diarmaid MacCulloch gives a deep and broad historical sketch of the reformation. This was war as total as was possible in that era. Doesn't matter whether you are an atheist or one of the faithful baboons this will be a useful contextualizing history. Hence, I was an easy prey for the mainstream scientific hypotheses, which explain the reformation as a (geo)political, social and economical phenomenon. Date accessed: 1 January, 2021. All counter-reformational. Not just European religion, but thought, culture, society, state systems, personal relations - everything - was turned upside down. Excellent history of the Reformation. Let us know what’s wrong with this preview of, Published You can still see all customer reviews for the product. I had the privilege of attending MacCulloch's lectures on Reformation personalities when I studied abroad. It is a detailed and objective intellectual history of the Reformation: Lutheranism, Calvinism, Catholicism, and Eastern Orthodox. LibraryThing Review User Review - MarthaHuntley - LibraryThing. The Reformation is the 6th volume in The Story of Civilization series. Some parts just go into too much detail, and he lose the narrative thread. This is another book that has been sitting on my shelf, unread, for some time. I don't really enjoy studying the Reformation period, honestly (more. Prime members enjoy FREE Delivery and exclusive access to music, movies, TV shows, original audio series, and Kindle books. Great, well-balanced history of the Reformation, but hard going for the average reader. I knew a little bit about Golding as a translator of Ovid and Seneca, but I didn't know that he also translated the Beneficio. A super fast, fun and focused look at the Protestant Revolution and role Martin Luther played in changing the history of the world. eighth. Reviewed in the United States on November 8, 2019. Do not go in without a decent background on the Reformation already established. It also analyzes reviews to verify trustworthiness. Be the first to ask a question about The Reformation. MacCulloch offers his readers a view from the mountaintop, a view that stretches far across Europe. Excellent overview to a complex era of history, Reviewed in the United States on October 30, 2012. Now, I've finally finished reading it and I am glad that I did. that I may read later, but a brief skim suggests mainly author's bias from this point forward. I have found it difficult to finish the last 150 pages as I become more frustrated with unneccessary adjectives that show the author's bias against reformers and towards the moderate Anglican church, especially against the Puritans and Presbyterians. There is just so much history wrapped up in this single volume that it would be impossible to remember or understand all of it in one read. This book is that rare thing--an exciting history book. History of Europe - History of Europe - Reformation and Counter-Reformation: In a sense, the Reformation was a protest against the secular values of the Renaissance. Diarmaid MacCulloch's The Reformation is a massive work of scholarship about the most tumultuous event of Western Civilization. Start studying Reformation Assessment Review. The most impressive popular history book I’ve read to date. 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