The dramatically compelling story from the Renaissance to the 17th-century wars of religion
The Reformation marked a period of profound upheaval—one of the greatest turning points in the history of Christianity—and sent shock waves through the western world. Andrew Atherstone traces the dramatic and compelling story from the Renaissance to the 17th century wars of religion, following the drama from its beginnings in Germany, through France, England, Scotland, and Rome. Focusing on the key personalities and events, he explains the often complex ideas that were at stake—and the political as well as religious issues involved. This is a lucid, authoritative account of a movement that changed the face of Europe forever. The great figures, such as Martin Luther and John Calvin, are brought vividly to life in an accessible, lively, and engaging overview of this critical period.
“Well written, thoroughly researched, and highly informative” — Prof Peter Marshall, University of Warwick “The drama of the Reformation years comes to life in this exciting survey of the events that changed the church forever” — Prof Gerald Bray, Beeson Divinity School and Latimer Trust “For anyone interested in obtaining a wide perspective on the Reformation, this will prove as a really helpful book.” — Patrick Boyle Ministry Magazine “A punchy, pithy, and engaging account… Thoroughly researched and well-informed… this is a book as lively as it is learned.” — Church Times