Introduced by Christopher Brooke
Exploring the greatest religious schism in Western history, Diarmaid MacCulloch reveals why the people of Europe were willing to die and kill for their beliefs.
In this award-winning history Diarmaid MacCulloch, Professor of the History of the Church at Oxford University, explores the greatest religious schism in Western history, and reveals why the people of Europe were willing to die and kill for their beliefs.
Reformation covers the period 1490 to 1700, from the first religious and political convulsions to the aftermath, which saw the new religion exported to America. The geographical focus is equally broad, from Scotland, with its distinctive brand of home-spun Protestantism, to Transylvania, a beacon of sanity and tolerance during the religious persecutions of the 16th century. MacCulloch explores themes such as the anxiety caused by the rise of the Ottoman Empire, the deadly conflicts over questions such as baptism and communion, and the reasons why the English Reformed Church took a different route, ‘puzzling all other European Protestants’.
‘It is difficult to imagine anybody writing a better book about the Reformation’
Ged Palmer has created a beautiful binding design, and the slipcase is printed with Fishing for Souls, an oil painting by Adriaen Pietersz van de Venne. In a new preface Christopher Brooke, a Life Fellow of Gonville and Caius College, Cambridge, praises ‘a closely knit narrative which makes compulsive reading, and [displays] conspicuous sympathy and wit.’
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