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The Penguin History of the Church: The Reformation: Reformation v. 3 (Hist of the Church) [Paperback]

Owen Chadwick
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28 Jun 1990 Hist of the Church (Book 3)
The beginning the sixteenth century brought growing pressure within the Western Church for Reformation. The popes could not hold Western Christendom together and there was confusion about Church reform. What some believed to be abuses, others found acceptable. Nevertheless over the years three aims emerged: to reform the exactions of churchmen, to correct errors of doctrines and to improve the moral awareness of society. As a result, Western Europe divided into a Catholic South and Protestant North. Across the no man's land between them were fought the bitterest wars of religion in Christian historyThis third volume of 'The Penguin History of the Church' deals with the formative work of Erasmus, Luther, Zwingli and Calvin, and analyses the special circumstances of the English Reformation as well as the Jesuits and the Counter-Reformation

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  • Paperback: 464 pages
  • Publisher: Penguin; 3 edition (28 Jun 1990)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0140137572
  • ISBN-13: 978-0140137576
  • Product Dimensions: 19.7 x 13.3 x 2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 109,499 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Reverend Owen Chadwick is considered one of the foremost historians of church history. He is a former Regius Professor of Modern History at Cambridge and was Vice-Chancellor of the university. He is also an ordained Anglican priest.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Magisterial 28 April 2009
This book is part of a series of the history of the Church and covers all the important events of the Reformation. The book has been criticised for its lofty tone and for the amount of background knowledge the reader needs to have to understand; certainly, a knowledge of ecclesiastical terms and a mental map of the geography of Europe in the 16th Century would help. But the book will reward dedication. Chadwick outlines the early developments and the 'cry' for reform in the face of the absurdities, scholasticism and abuses of the Church at that time. He also discusses the personality and character of the major actors, putting flesh on Luther (and bone on the austere Calvin). The dark events of England are treated particularly well, not a good time for the monastaries of course, and the Catholic 'counter-reformation' and the radical 'anabaptists' receive good treatment. The Reformation will never be an 'easy' subject to study and technical language will always be inevitable. With this in mind, Chadwick's history is a great achievement and I certainly recommend it.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Owen Chadwick - The Reformation 12 Sep 2002
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A most helpful book. Everything is explained concisely and clearly. A must for anyone looking for a starting point when studying the Reformation, especially at degree level.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Useful book. 18 Sep 2013
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A good introduction to the Reformation and an easy read. I have found it a valuable introduction to the course I am doing.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Readable overview with stunning details 11 Aug 2013
A very readable book summarising an extremely complex period of Church and State history in less than 450 pages (which is something of a miracle given the upheavals of the time) and yet it manages to include some stunning details and pithy quotes. Highly recommended for people who need a good overview of the subject.
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