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  • Paperback: 292 pages
  • Publisher: John Wiley & Sons; Reprinted from edition (6 Dec. 1999)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0631213848
  • ISBN-13: 978-0631213840
  • Product Dimensions: 15.5 x 2.1 x 23 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 815,645 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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This is G.R. Elton′s classic account of the Reformation, revealing the issues and preoccupations which seemed central to the age and portraying its leading figures with vigor and realism.

Professor Elton presents a lively and accessible overview of this key era in European history. The book gives full attention to religion and theology, restores Luther to the predominant position from which it had become fashionable to remove him, and focuses on Charles V as a pivotal player in the period. The text is a tribute both to Elton′s gift for concise exposition of complex historical problems and his masterly command of narrative. The result is an account of the Reformation era which is as clear–minded and readable as any published in the thirty five years since its first publication.

This new edition includes an updated bibliography and an afterword by Andrew Pettegree placing Professor Elton′s account of the Reformation in its scholarly context.

About the Author

G. R. Elton was Regius Professor of Modern History at Cambridge University from 1983 to 1988. Among his numerous works are The Tudor Revolution in Government (1953), England under the Tudors (1955), Reform and Renewal (1973), The Parliament of England 1559–1581, and The English (Blackwell, 1992). He was founding editor of the Blackwell History of the Modern British Isles. he died in 1994.

Andrew Pettergree is Professor in Modern History at the University of St Andrews and Director of the St Andrews Reformation Studies Institute.


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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By BunnyKissLondon on 17 Aug. 2003
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There are not many books that comment extensively on the subject of 16th Century Europe which 16-18 year olds would be able to understand and be further interested in. However, the inimitable Sir Geoffrey Elton was the light in the distance that helped myself and the other twenty or so students in my class pass our exams with considerable, and in one case remarkably GR Elton-ish, success.
Informative, arousing and -dare I say it?- exciting, this book was our saviour. As I read it as preparation for an essay or as reference, I could almost imagine GR Elton sitting next to me, reding it aloud like a bedtime story. And sometimes I did want to sleep, given the expansive historical detail contained within, but the whole thing reads like a great novel. Which in my now 21 year old opinion, is how history should be told.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Rubbah on 17 April 2009
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I'm an A level student, and this book has been so helpful in writing my perosnal study about Charles V. Clearly organised, easy to read, interesting and with strong opinions.
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful By niall on 28 Sept. 2014
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Useful as coursework aid
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An adequate introduction to a chaos set in motion by shouting 16 Mar. 2014
By Marco Buendia - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
This brief book (300 pages, more or less, brief by the standards of the subject) is a lucid introduction to what its title suggests. It starts with Martin Luther, which is perhaps suggestive of the author's approach. It isn't a hagiography or a damnation of Luther, though; rather, the author sees the Reformation as something that arose in the politics (such as they were in those days, in Europe) rather a battle between religions, one established and one latent. This is not a book for the devout, unless they are more objective about religious history than is common, these days, in America anyway.

It's not all politics (or relgion), though. There's a substantial chapter on the culture of the time.
Good Readable Survey with Some Things Missing. 4 July 2014
By Will - Published on Amazon.com
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Good general survey of the Reformation and the culture around it up through Cateau-Cambrésis. A bit dense at times and it would have been nice if Elton had translated some of the Latin, French, etc quotes but an easier read than some other books in the series. Leaving out Britain almost entirely does seem strange considering how important England and Scotland became as Protestant states during the time period covered to the end of the Wars of Religion. As well as England's distinctive Reformation.
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