The Cleaving of Christendom

The Cleaving of Christendom

by Warren H. Carroll


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ISBN-13: 9780931888755
Publisher: Christendom Press
Publication date: 10/01/2000
Series: A History of Christendom Ser.
Edition description: 1
Pages: 807
Sales rank: 518,015
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 1.70(d)

About the Author

Warren Carroll (1932-2011) was founder of Christendom College, serving as president from 1977-85, and as chairman of the Department of History from 1985-2002. Carroll earned an M.A. and Ph.D. in history from Columbia Uni­versity. The author of numerous books, he has won a well-deserved reputation as one of the foremost Catholic historians of our time.

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The Cleaving of Christendom 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
ex_ottoyuhr on LibraryThing 10 months ago
Carroll's style is to turn everything into an epic; this is a period of history for which it is admirably suited. To say that the Reformation era was eventful and colorful, and that it had a number of significant figures, is to say that a Concorde travels faster than a snail suffering from heat exhaustion. This is well worth reading; the only criticisms I can think of are that it sort of includes the whole text of _Our Lady of Guadeloupe and the Conquest of Darkness_ (although I'm hard-pressed to say how else he could have covered the conquest of the Mexica), and that the second edition removed the text inserted by the Melissa worm ('Twenty-two points, plus triple-word-score, plus fifty points for using all my letters. Game's over. I'm outta here') in the middle of the assassination of Albrecht von Wallenstein -- a moment of such high rhetorical intensity that the word processor declaring it was going home for the day was thoroughly apt.Still, it's thoroughly recommended. Personally, I had the interesting experience of learning about the Reformation era through Fernand Braudel, then other contemporary historians, then Carroll, and thereby missing the Protestant-hagiography version; but if you've encountered that version (the evil Inquisition, the evil Jesuits, the evil Duke of Alba, etc.), this will fill you in on what the world of the Catholic Reformation looks like from the inside.(Note that modern secular historians favor the term 'Catholic Reformation' over 'Counter-Reformation' for the internal reforms of the Catholic Church in this era, especially after the Council of Trent; the point is that this was a reform that was going to have happened whether there was a Protestant Reformation or not -- and which was already beginning, especially in Spain, before Martin Luther. Not surprisingly, Carroll follows their lead.)
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
a-MAZING. Nothing like it.
Maxsl More than 1 year ago
I have read several books about the reformation in an effort to understand exactly what led to the great schism that ruptured the "body of Christ". All of them have lent a certain amount of understanding but none came close to illuminating the events and personalities or the situation in Europe and the world that led up to and resulted in that epochal tragedy. The story is concise, cogent and thoroughly engrossing.