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Reformation Europe 1517-1559

3.75 of 5 stars 3.75  ·  rating details  ·  57 ratings  ·  14 reviews
This is Geoffrey R. Elton's classic account of the Reformation, revealing the issues & preoccupations central to the age & portraying its leading figures with vigor & realism.
Table of Contents/Maps
Preface to the 1st Edition
1. Luther
The Attack on Rome
The State of Germany
2. Charles V
3. Years of Triumph
The Progress of Lutheranism
The Wars of Charles V
Published January 1st 1999 by Harper Torchbooks (first published 1963)
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Erik Graff
Feb 25, 2011 Erik Graff rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: everyone
Recommended to Erik by: David Lotz
Shelves: history
Some years ago, running out of bookshelf space, I took virtually all paperbacks up to a little book-exchange place called The Book Nook in Sawyer, Michigan, just across the Red Arrow Hwy from my brother's place. It wasn't just one trip, it was every trip, pretty much every weekend for a whole summer. My strategy was to build up credits and use them either to get decent hardcovers or as gifts. The owner, a grey-headed woman reminiscent of my beloved third grade teacher, liked me a lot, saying tha ...more
All credit is due to Fontana books for their series on European History with each volume generally dealing with a fairly decent fifty years or so, but the series is dated. While the events don't change, interpretations develop, new evidence comes to light and they get to be understood in different contexts.

GR Elton was a specialist on Tudor England with a particular interest in the so-called Tudor revolution in government associated with Thomas Cromwell. Coming from this background Elton handles
Yes, it's about Renaissance Europe. Yes, it's written by a very reputable author. Yes, it is easy to understand and written for the layman. Yes, you should read it.
John Scott
Tedious hardly describes this book. It took all of my will power to finish. Why 2 stars then some may ask. Because at a bare minimum parts were interesting and the reformation is a very interesting time in European history that even an overblown tome such as this can hardly ruin.

Elton writes in a style that to be blunt neither excites, enthrals, let alone holds the attention. To make matters worse there is almost a sense of proselytising that is annoying to the point that I came close to stoppi
Jan 03, 2015 Jennifer is currently reading it
The last time I was read this book was in 1975. I was studying history at La Trobe University and we were working on the Reformation. The book was required reading. I am at present up to page 175. I found a copy in a second hand book shop and couldn't resist buying it. It has brought back happy memories of the past.
Mohamad Ballan
Although it is quite dated, it remains a useful read for anyone seeking a traditionalist account of the Reformation. It focuses primarily on political events and key personalities rather than providing comprehensive details about the social, intellectual and economic context in which the Reformation took place.
Now nearly 50 years old, this book remains an excellent read although concentrating on the religious & political consequences of the reformation, it feels a little narrow in scope compared to many books on the same period. What continues to make this a stand-out book are the character portraits of some of the central characters: eg the Emperor Charles V, Jean Calvin and particularly Martin Luther. Overall, if you're interested in the Reformation and it's main protagonists then this should be ...more
Interesting but not fascinating. A little on the dry side.
Well, yes, learnt a lot. Slightly annoyed at lack of coverage of major historical events the book assumes you know about anyway (eg the Peasants' War and the Knights' War in Germany); but there is an enjoyable ex cathedra tone on the other hand.
Interesting; however, a laborious text. The final chapter was a mixture of summarization of impact of the Reformation and author's cynicism. Informative, but not as enthusiastically engaging as other European history books I have read.
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Informational read; a textbook in every sense of the word.
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Daniel Petrides
The classic on the period.
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