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Overview

Updated with the best of recent scholarship, while marinating its hallmark features, the second edition of The European Reformations is an Outstanding introduction to the sixteenth-century Reformations in Europe. New sections include coverage of the Catholic Reformation, the Counter-Reformation, and the Reformation in Britain. The book continues its tradition of presenting material in the most lively and accessible manner possible, and sets the origin of the Reformation in the context of late medieval social, economic, and religious crises, carefully tracing its responses and trajectories through the different religious groups. Together, religion, politics, social forces, and the personalities of the time are woven into a singular compelling narrative.

With its seamless synthesis of original material with updated scholarship, The European Reformations provides the most comprehensive and engaging textbook available on the origins and impacts of Europe's Reformations-and the consequences that continue to resonate today.

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"Derived from a lifetime of engagement with issues in Early Modern European history and written in an eminently readable style, Professor Lindberg's The European Reformations will open up to student and scholar alike the fascinating world of the sixteenth century. Not only does Lindberg place the religious movements of the time in their political and, especially, social context, but his knowledge of the theological debates provides the reader with succinct, clear explanations of the theological substance that gave rise to the great variety of the age’s ‘Reformations’." Timothy J. Wengert, The Lutheran Theological Seminary at Philadelphia

"Carter Lindberg has written a compelling narrative regarding the emergence and development of the various ‘Reformations’ of the sixteenth century. Lindberg gives a compelling viewing of the Reformations primarily from a theological and religious perspective, in concert with others like Heiko Oberman and Brad Gregory, even as he enriches this perspective with the contributions of social historians. Lindberg does especially well in focusing on the reform of the liturgy from ‘the cult of the living in the service of the dead’ designed to free departed loved ones from Purgatory, to a form of worship that led directly to the service of the living, especially the sick, the poor, and the needy. He also shows how the reform movements were strengthened and spread by the singing of hymns and psalms by the women and men who joined these movements. This is an insightful and cogent analysis of the complex of movements we call the ‘Reformations’ of the sixteenth century." Randall Zachman, University of Notre Dame

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781557865755
  • Publisher: Wiley
  • Publication date: 1/28/1996
  • Edition description: Older Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 464
  • Product dimensions: 6.80 (w) x 9.70 (h) x 1.40 (d)

Meet the Author

Carter Lindberg is Professor Emeritus of Church History at Boston University School of Theology. Widely recognized as a leading authority on the Reformation, he is the author or editor of numerous books, including Love: A Brief History Through Western Christianity (2008), A Brief History of Christianity (2005), The Pietist Theologians (2004), The Reformation Theologians (2001), and The European Reformations Sourcebook (1999), all published by Wiley-Blackwell.

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Table of Contents

List of Illustrations
Preface
List of Abbreviations
1 History, Historiography, and Interpretations of the Reformations 1
2 The Late Middle Ages: Threshold and Foothold of the Reformations 24
3 The Dawn of a New Era 56
4 Wait for No One: Implementation of Reforms in Wittenberg 91
5 Fruits of the Fig Tree: Social Welfare and Education 111
6 The Reformation of the Common Man 135
7 The Swiss Connection: Zwingli and the Reformation in Zurich 169
8 The Sheep against the Shepherds: The Radical Reformations 199
9 Augsburg 1530 to Augsburg 1555: Reforms and Politics 229
10 "The Most Perfect School of Christ": The Genevan Reformation 249
11 Refuge in the Shadow of God's Wings: The Reformation in France 275
12 The Blood of the Martyrs: The Reformation in the Netherlands 298
13 The Reformations in England and Scotland 309
14 Catholic Renewal and the Counter-Reformation 335
15 Legacies of the Reformations 357
Chronology 382
Genealogies 389
Maps 395
Glossary 402
Appendix: Aids to Reformation Studies 405
Bibliography 408
Index 435
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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 3, 2003

    Used it in class

    I just took a Reformation history class, and this book was our main text. It was a great book. It not only detailed the actions of the great reformers (Luther, Calvin, Zwingli, etc), it explained the circumstances surrounding their actions- it brought daily European life into the equation. A great book- I didn't even attempt to sell it back at the end of the semester! This is a book worth hanging on to.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 26, 2001

    Brings Reformation History Alive

    Carter Lindberg has done the Christian Community a wonderful service in writing this book. Although it is based on fine historical scholarship, Lindberg is an excellent writer and this book is an absolute delight to read. Many works on the Reformation fail to strike a proper balance between the the broad social forces at work and the importance of individual personalities in shaping history. Such works tend to present the Reformation as either the inevitable result of impersonal historical forces or the outcome of one or two great men. In the European Reformations, Lindberg provides us with BOTH the broad social, economic, and political mileau as well as the key theological issues that were at stake. I put down this book thinking that I not only knew more about the European Reformations, but that I knew the Reformers better as well. If you are looking for a solid introduction to Reformation thought and history - this is the FIRST book that you should read.

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