The Reformation (The Penguin History of the Church, #3)
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The Reformation (The Penguin History of the Church #3)

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The beginning of the sixteenth century brought growing pressure within the Western Church for Reformation. The popes could not hold Western Christendom together and there was confusion about Church reform. What some believed to be abuses, others found acceptable. Nevertheless over the years three aims emerged: to reform the exactions of churchmen, to correct errors of doct...more
Paperback, 464 pages
Published December 7th 1990 by Penguin Books Ltd (first published 1964)
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Elijah Kinch Spector
Last night (Christmas), I got into a heated argument with a friend of a friend over local politics, that at one point devolved into actual yelling. I was pretty sure I had made the rest of the evening awkward and uncomfortable, and that this guy definitely did not like me.

Other folks pushed the evening's conversation toward other things, and eventually the Thirty Years War came up. This resulted in the same guy excitedly shoving this book into my hand. I guess I've got to read it and maybe I hav...more
This is the third book in a series about the history of the Christian church. It is a very quick, but good overview of the events and people involved in the reformation. The chronology is a little easier to follow in this book than with others in the series, but the focus is more on broader themes that come from the reformation. Several sections focus on key individuals in the reformation like Luther and Calvin.
Lauren Albert
It says something that Chadwick finally helped me understand (and in a way I can easily articulate) the difference between Calvinists and Lutherans. It is a thorough and lucid discussion of the Reformation and the Counter-Reformation as well as the roles that politics played (and vice versa) in both. The lucidity is notable since he manages not to oversimplify matters.
Chadwick is probably my favorite author of the Penguin History series. But I did like his book on the early church much better but that might be because that I find that era of history more fascinating than this one.
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Alan Jacobs: Diarmaid McCullough (whose massive book on the Reformation is probably the best one out there) has called Chadwick's book the best short version on the subject.
Richard Wright
Great teaching tool. Enjoyable read. Covers so much territory in a small book.
David Varney
Illuminating read from a recognised expert in his field.
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