The Reformation World

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This beautifully illustrated book is the most ambitious one-volume survey of the Reformation yet attempted. A timely and much needed account, it looks at every aspect of the Reformation world and considers new historical research which has led to the expansion of the subject both thematically and geographically. The strength of The Reformation World is its breadth and originality, with material drawn from many different countries, including archives only recently available to scholars in central Europe. Topics include:
  • The Church before the Reformation
  • Luther and Germany
  • The Reformation outside Germany
  • Calvinism and the Second Reformation
  • The Reformation and Society
  • Art and Architecture
  • The printed book and visual media
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Editorial Reviews

Heiko A. Oberman
The Reformation World is at once a fascinating and reliable guide for the study of the central event in sixteenth century European History...Above all, this volume recaptures the virtues of a narrative history which makes its pages a joy to read.
Diarmaid MacCulloch
A superb volume...should be required reading for anyone seeking to understand the experience of Early Modern Europe.
From the Publisher
'Contender for classic status ... this is a superb volume, overseen with masterly control by its editor ... Real experts summarise their knowledge in a uniformly readable and authoratative fashion, and the prose is enriched by a mass of excellent and intelligent illustrations.'History Today
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780415163576
  • Publisher: Taylor & Francis
  • Publication date: 3/28/2000
  • Series: Routledge Worlds Series
  • Pages: 592
  • Product dimensions: 7.18 (w) x 10.12 (h) x 1.60 (d)

Table of Contents

List of illustrations
List of contributors
Credits for illustrations
1 Introduction: The changing face of Reformation history 1
2 The pre-Reformation church 9
3 Conciliarism in late mediaeval Europe 31
4 Humanism 51
5 Luther and the Reformation in Germany 73
6 Luther's Catholic opponents 97
7 Books, pamphlets and polemic 109
8 The German Peasants' War and the rural Reformation 127
9 The princely Reformation in Germany 146
10 Switzerland 169
11 Eastern Europe 190
12 France 211
13 England 225
14 Anabaptism 237
15 Scandinavia 257
16 Italy 277
17 Spain 296
18 Calvin and Geneva 309
19 The French Wars of Religion 323
20 The Netherlands 344
21 England after 1558 365
22 Germany after 1550 387
23 Scotland 410
24 Reformation society, women and the family 433
25 Art 461
26 Music 491
27 Architecture 505
28 Science and medicine 521
29 Education and literacy 535
30 The Reformation and popular culture 545
Index 561
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