The Reformation

Of the writing (and publishing) of histories of the Protestant Reformation there is no end: almost a dozen Reformation histories have been published in English within the past decade or so, suggesting that the subject continues to fascinate. While these histories differ in insight, eloquence and emphasis, they all till the same ground—the religious changes in Europe between roughly 1517 and 1600. Some pretend to a lengthier chronological scope (sometimes as broad as 1300 to 1700), but such declarations notwithstanding, they, too, concentrate on what happened between Martin Luther’s posting of his 95 Theses in 1517 and the end of the century, when Protestantism was firmly established in many European countries.


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