The Reformation: A Brief History is a succinct and engaging introduction to the origins and history of the Protestant Reformation.
- A rich overview of the Reformation, skilfully blending social, political, religious, and theological dimensions
- A clearly and engagingly written narrative which draws on the latest and best scholarship
- Includes the history of the Reformation in Scandinavia and Eastern Europe, areas that are rarely covered in any detail
- The Reformation is placed in the context of the entire history of Christianity to draw out its origins, impetus, and legacy
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- J. R. Bowers
Great information; reads like a college textbook
Would you consider the audio edition of The Reformation to be better than the print version?
I haven't read the printed version but the Audible version is very much like a textbook.
Who was your favorite character and why?
I was surprised that Martin Luther, while important, was not the primary driver of the Reformation. There were many more individuals involved in largely local efforts to reform the church from Switzerland to Scandanavia to Eastern Europe.
What three words best describe Lisa Cordileone’s voice?
Computer generated textbook
Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?
The way Martin Luther survives his persecution from the Church was particularly interesting.
Any additional comments?
The book is full of rich material that tells a tale much broader than I would have thought. The Reformation was not the work of any one individual or any one place. This work reads very much like a textbook (perhaps it is intended as one) which packs a lot of information into a small space. Unfortunately, the performance sounds a bit like a computer-generated voice that is a bit halting and choppy.
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