The Reformation and Counter-Reformation represented the greatest upheaval in Western society since the collapse of the Roman Empire a millennium before. The consequences of those shattering events are still felt todayfrom the stark divisions between (and within) Catholic and Protestant countries to the Protestant ideology that governs America, the world's only remaining superpower.
In this masterful history, Diarmaid MacCulloch conveys the drama, complexity, and continuing relevance of these events. He offers vivid portraits of the most significant individualsLuther, Calvin, Zwingli, Loyola, Henry VIII, and a number of popesbut also conveys why their ideas were so powerful and how the Reformation affected everyday lives. The result is a landmark book that will be the standard work on the Reformation for years to come. The narrative verve of The Reformation as well as its provocative analysis of American culture's debt to the period will ensure the book's wide appeal among history readers.
"MacCulloch's magisterial book should become the definitive history of the Reformation." - PW
"This well-written book is a joy to read, with new facts and interpretations on nearly every page; still, the work's size and information density will make it slow going for those without a basic knowledge of the subject." - Library Journal
"A monumental study ...an essential work of religious history." - Kirkus
"This is an outstanding work that examines fairly and objectively a definitive epoch in the history and spiritual development of the Western world." - Booklist
"A masterpiece . . . In its field it is the best book ever written." - The Guardian (UK)
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