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The Crisis of the Seventeenth Century: Religion, the Reformation and Social Change [Paperback]

Hugh Trevor-Roper

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The Civil War, the Restoration, and the Glorious Revolution in England laid the institutional and intellectual foundations of the modern understanding of liberty, of which we are heirs and beneficiaries. The Crisis of the Seventeenth Century uncovers new pathways to understanding this seminal time. Neither Catholic nor Protestant emerges unscathed from the examination to which Trevor-Roper subjects the era in which, from political and religious causes, the identification and extirpation of witches was a central event. Trevor-Roper points out that "In England the most active phase of witch-hunting coincided with times of Puritan pressure - the reign of Queen Elizabeth and the period of the civil wars - and some very fanciful theories have been built on this coincidence. But...the persecution of witches in England was trivial compared with the experience of the Continent and of Scotland. Therefore...[one must examine] the craze as a whole, throughout Europe, and [seek] to relate its rise, frequency, and decline to the general intellectual and social movements of the time...".

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5.0 out of 5 stars A fundamental book 1 April 2007
By Joao H. Dos Santos - Published on
This a fundamental book for all those who are interested either academically of personally in the history of the Reformation, specially in the XVIth and XVIIth centuries. Prof. Dr. Trevor-Hoper analyses deeply several aspects of the cultural, religious, economical and social history of that time of history. It is a key book for students, social scientists, historians and scientists of religion.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Why did the witch trials stop? 13 May 2002
By Professor Joseph L. McCauley - Published on
Fascinating history of the witch trials from their beginning in the hands of two monks trying to 'civilize' relatively pagan regions like the Alps and Pyrenees until their peak at the time of the deaths of Galileo, Descartes, and Kepler, and the birth of Newton. One learns that the Swedish Cristina, who attracted Descartes to Stockholm as her philosophy teacher, put the end to the witch trials there, after her father had contributed to the world the Thirty Years War. A good starter for anyone interested in the intermittent decline of the influence of religion in the west as the enlightenment caught steam.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Intellectual investigation of crises and turmoil of the 17th century. 13 Jun 2013
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The strengths of this series of essays are many. First and perhaps foremost is the lucidity with which Prof. Trevor-Roper presents his hypotheses and lays out his arguments. This is necessity to keep the lay person actively engaged in the discussions which I think he achieves. Second, he challenges some long held views of the events of this time period in Europe and the consequences for our own century and our place in the United States. From the horror of the witch killings (remember Salem and Cotton Mather) to the myth of the Protestant ethic and philosophy (he gives Erasmus and his followers most of the credit) vis-à-vis the 18th Century Enlightenment. I think the third strength is that much of the book really demands an in depth background in European history. This book is "work for the brain" and the intellectual satisfaction of following his views even if you disagree is very rewarding.
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