- Paperback: 224 pages
- Publisher: W&N; New Ed edition (21 April 2005)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0753818639
- ISBN-13: 978-0753818633
- Product Dimensions: 13.4 x 1.9 x 19.9 cm
- Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 224,197 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Patrick Collinson has written a piece for BBC HISTORY MAGAZINE which will run in their July issue, out in June. Finished copies have come in, and an extensive mailing has gone out. Patrick Collinson will be interviewed on THE SUNDAY PROGRAMME (ITV), to be aired on 6 July. We've had some fantastic reviews... 'Over 40 years, the history of English Protestantism has been transformed -more by Patrick Collinson...than by anyone else...This brilliant, charged little book...is a work of tough thinking, the late fruit of a working lifetime's reflection.'Blair Worden, THE SUNDAY TELEGRAPH '[a] sparkling...study...The first 100 pages offer a series of brilliantly compressed narrative accountsof the main strands of the Reformation - Lutheran Germany, the radical "sects", the Swiss Reformation, the British Reformations. Each is admirably done, crystal clear, pacey and with a seasoned teacher's eye for telling anecdote or the rudest joke to ease down the diet of facts...If you have time for only one short account of the Reformation, you could hardly do better than this.'Eamon Duffy. SUNDAY TIMES '...excellent...he [Collinson] has packed his vast knowledge into little more than 50,000 words...For anyone interested in the evolution of the English way of life, this is a vital and informative book, andit will tell you about much else besides.'Simon Heffer, COUNTRY LIFE 'Collinson's story is slick and amusing. The light touches he employs bring the characters to life in a way that is convincing and subtle.'John Townsend, CATHOLIC HERALD 'An elegant survey of the movement an its effect across Europe, Professor Collinson's book also touches on some of the different interpretations to which the Reformation has been subjected in recent years.'Alastair Hamilton, TLS (5.9.03) 'Somehow, he has managed it, in 12 short chapters: definations; medieval issues; the vernacular Bible; Luther; the radicals; Calvin; Catholic reform and Counter Reformation; Britain; the politics of religious change; communities and families; iconoclasm; and the significance of the whole thing, It is crisp, clear, epigrammatic and memorable...It is great fun to read.'Christopher Haigh, THE TABLET '[an] absorbing, incisive study...A powerful book.'GOOD BOOK GUIDE There has also been a review in LIVING HISTORY magazine. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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This is a great book, whether your using it for undergrad background or simply reading it for pleasure.
The Reformation was not a one-time event, but an ongoing process over many centuries. The timeline Collinson provides at the start begins at 1378, the start of the Great Schism, the era of popes and antipopes, which provided some fertile ground for later Reformation in fact if not in theology and ecclesiology. This is of course 150 years prior to Martin Luther's grand pronouncements, followed quickly by John Calvin and others. Collinson's time frame continues up to the Glorious Revolution of 1688 in Britain, which finally established the Protestant rule in Britain.
Collinson's explorations show interesting sides to this tumultuous period of history. Luther's conversion story, often retold by Luther himself, changes periodically into not-always-consistent versions. This is part of the tension Collinson describes, the tension between Reformation as a process and Reformation as an historical event. Collinson also develops the idea of Reformation as something not necessarily tremendously radical - Martin Luther, according to many historians quoted by Collinson, can be seen as a medieval rather than a modern man - he `...offered new answers to old questions. He asked no new ones.Read more ›
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This book is brilliant as some of my English friends would say! I love how he wrote it, so interesting. Not that this topic is boring, but such a masterpiece. Read morePublished 12 months ago by Mark
Brilliant summary of a huge subject; puts Britain in its place in this continental religious tectonic shift; also gives the author`s rating of the characters and movements... Read morePublished on 28 Dec. 2012 by Bill Hudson
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