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The European Reformations

3.88  ·  Rating Details ·  190 Ratings  ·  21 Reviews
This narrative description and analysis of the European Reformations of the sixteenth century begins with a chapter on the history and historiography of Reformation scholarship and concludes with an extended reflection on the Reformations' religious, social, and cultural legacies. The storyline sets the initia Reformationis in the context of late medieval social, economic, ...more
Paperback, 464 pages
Published January 30th 1996 by Wiley (first published January 16th 1991)
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Oct 10, 2013 Charlie rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: reformation
Note: This review is of the 2010 Second Ed.

The 5 stars are based on its intention to be a college textbook. Surely there are better narrative accounts for scholars or amateurs. But for a textbook, this does most things very well, and where it's weak, almost all other textbooks are as well.


Format - The chapters are a good size. No footnotes or endnotes, just judicious parenthetical citations. "For Further Reading" section at the end of each chapter. Good back matter (maps, charts, glos
Webster Bull
Apr 12, 2016 Webster Bull rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: faith
A good, balanced summary of the religious tsunami that hit Europe in the 16th century, including both the anti-Catholic reform movements (Lutheran, Calvinist, anabaptist, et al) and the efforts at reform within Catholicism itself (the so-called Counter-Reformation). Good bios of key figures from Luther to Ignatius of Loyola.
عبدالرحمن أبوذكري
Accessible, Comprehensive, inspiring, insightful, and wonderfully written.

It is hard to find a good overview on such complicated topic; but this book is a great example.

It is recommended for those who have no idea about the matter.
Feb 05, 2013 A.J. rated it liked it
It is hard to write good textbooks on the Reformation, I think. As an epoch, it is a broad set of religious movements, and it is a period of such immense tumult and theological conflict that it can be difficult to capture. Lindberg's attempt is mostly successful. It is not particularly strong on theology (I don't see why Luther was so interesting as a thinker from this work, for example), but it presents of a wonderful overview of the social and political in the Reformation era. It shows, instea ...more
Denise Kettering
Jan 15, 2015 Denise Kettering rated it really liked it
Shelves: history
This book provides a solid introductory history to the Reformations in Europe and offers readers insight into the differences between the Reformation movements among Lutheran, Catholic, and Reformed Christians. While now a bit dated, the bulk of the information is still valid and the writing is very accessible and easy-to-follow with enough anecdotal stories to keep things interesting. I recommend this book for people who have a basic interest in the Reformation and want to learn more.
Sydney Herron
Jun 10, 2016 Sydney Herron rated it liked it
I read this book as a part of a Church History class that dealt with the Reformation. While the information is well-researched, interesting, and relevant, the book reads like a textbook, making it a little bit dry to get through at times.
Mar 22, 2016 Philip rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Philip by: Dr. Chad Van Dixhoorn
I read all but four unassigned chapters of this book for a class on the history of Christianity. I found Lindberg's explanations helpful, but sometimes a bit dry. Overall, however, this is a great summary of the various Reformation movements in Europe, during a historical time period that defies easy categorizations and generalizations. A beneficial textbook for an understanding of the "Reformations." Lindberg emphasizes the importance of theology as a motivating force for reform, which many oth ...more
Very good overview of the Reformation(s). It does an especially nice job of covering the theological background and complexities of the debates (with especially good coverage of the Eucharist and baptism) and addresses movements of reform in Germany, Netherlands, France, England, and Scotland. Lindberg provides a nice balance, giving all the players a fair and compassionate assessment.

Given the structure, the timeline can be a bit difficult to keep track of - it's not a narrative account. But t
Mark A Powell
A textbook that, while very informative and well-researched, reads like a textbook
Mar 28, 2014 Cbarrett rated it really liked it
Solid book. Don't neglect to read intro chapter on historiography. Helpful stuff.
Jun 21, 2014 Josaías rated it really liked it
muito conteúdo apresentado de forma introdutória. a leitura é agradável e o autor sempre insere narrativas divertidas para contrabalançar os seus blocos de informação
Ellis L.
May 05, 2012 Ellis L. rated it liked it
Shelves: history
A good book, perhaps somewhat difficult for the undergraduate. I think one does better having learned traditional approaches to the Reformation, in order to appreciate how Lindberg consciously diverges from that interpretation. The use of the plural in the title is key.
Jan 19, 2013 Jane rated it liked it
This is a good textbook, but not a great one. I wish he situated the Reformation within a broader intellectual and political context, such as in relation to Islam, and to the Renaissance.
This was the primary text for Dr. J. Michael Uztinger's Reformation Thought class I took my junior year at Hampden-Sydney.
Mar 12, 2008 Andrew rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: theology
A wide sampling of writings from the reformation period. Writings from all sorts of places, not just the reformers.
Read for Dr. Whitford's seminar on Luther at Baylor (Spring 2014). Read to p. 321.
Mar 12, 2008 Andrew rated it really liked it
Balance, insightful, comprehensive. Good introductory text to the reformation.
Ray Stafford
Mar 18, 2012 Ray Stafford rated it it was ok
reads like a textbook, which is kinda what it is
Mar 20, 2013 Dane rated it liked it
Shelves: history
Aye, it be a textbook.
Dec 03, 2013 Brian rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Anyone interested in church history
Recommended to Brian by: Denver Seminary elibrary
I thought this was a great book. Not too deep and not too shallow. Carter Lindberg also has a good writing style which makes the material very pleasurable to digest.
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didn't love it.
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