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Viking The Reformation

In the 16th century, Europe broke apart and all religion, politics, and society changed. Oxford scholar MacCulloch masterfully reconstructs Christianity's greatest "fault line" since the Roman Empire's demise. Offering vivid portraits of the main players---reformers, popes, and rulers---he explains why their ideas altered the European landscape and traces echoing influences in modern America. 792 pages, hardcover from Viking.
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Date:July 20, 2009
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Ralph E. Molyneux
Why this book? MacCulloch is correct in his assessment that you cannot understand the founding of the United States of America unless you understand what took place in the historical and philosophical developments in Europe during the Reformation era. He does an outstanding job of making the characters live, not just with dates and events, but with personalities, conflicts, political intrigue, and in depth analysis. His thoroughness research makes the book very readable. Whether you are wanting to expand and deepen your understanding or whether you are going for your first immersion into the subject, this book will help you accomplish those objectives.
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