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3.0 out of 5 stars Dispels an imagined past!!, 24 Jun 2013
This review is from: The Long European Reformation: Religion, Political Conflict, and the Search for Conformity, 1350-1750 (European History in Perspective) (Paperback)
This is one of the set books for A200 Exploring History: Medieval to Modern 1400-1900, otherwise I would not have bothered with it as religious history is not my favourite subject. It is by no means an easy read. I have read it to familiarise myself with it before commencing the course in October. Wallace divides the book into two parts. Part 1 The Warp: Threads of Reformation Histories, 1350-1650. There are four subtitles under Part 1: 1. The Late Medieval Crisis, 1348-1517. 2. Resistance, Renewal, and Reform, 1414-1521. 3. Evangelical Movements and Confessions, 1521-59. 4. Reform and Religious War, 1550-1650.

Part II The Weft: Making Sense of the Long European Reformation. The two headings under this are: 5. Settlements, 1600-1750: Church Building, State Building, and Social Discipline. 6. Rereading the Reformation through Gender Analysis. Wallace's account of the European Reformation is certainly contrasting to the account I received!! He portrays a long bloody messy continuity of wars, disputes, persecution, executions for heresy etc. Another striking feature is of how divided and fragmented the Protestant Evangelical Movements were, which all amounted to how 'god should be worshiped', Furthermore such divisions remain extant. Moreover, Wallace asserts that from the beginning Lutheranism had a heavy reliance on protection from magistrates and monarchs/rulers with political affiliations to parliament, rather than godly intervention. If one is not religious and has no aspirations to be so, then this book would not be the one to read. Wallace also devotes a few pages to 'Witchcraft and Witch-hunting. Apparently, between 100,000 and 200,000 people were officially tried with between 50,000 and 100,000 executed for witchcraft.

Unsurprisingly, over 80 per cent were women. So obviously misogyny was in full practice. Wallace has also included twelve pages of notes as well as eleven pages of a bibliography, therefore affording plenty of opportunities for further reading. I appreciate research that has been given to such a complex difficult area of history. Moreover, it is patently obvious that Wallace deserves high commendation for his research into the Long European Reformation. I trust that I will enjoy it more when I commence the course!! It is important to note that this is an early edition published in 2004. The second edition was published in 2012.
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2 of 6 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Hmmm..., 28 Mar 2013
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This review is from: The Long European Reformation: Religion, Political Conflict, and the Search for Conformity, 1350-1750 (European History in Perspective) (Paperback)
If you don't need this for study or are just really, really, really interested in the Reformation there are better and easier reads out there.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Ou Text book, 11 Aug 2013
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Bought as a text book for an Open University course which has not yet started so I will not know how helpful it is until thast happens.
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