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The Reformation by Diarmaid MacCulloch
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Jan 06, 2010

really liked it

There is so much information in this volume that it could easily have slipped into a sort of almanac. But thats not what happens, not at all. Its basic structure is chronological, with some of the usual overlapping of time and events as is required to tell a story this complex, and is infused with many cross references to other parts of the book which I found very useful. Its written with a very appealing combination of straightforward historical narrative and insightful opinion, and sprinkled with charm and occassional cheekiness. There is much space given to nuanced theological arguments between and among western christians, but never at the expense of the broader story unfolding across Europe and ultimately the Americas. The end result is a satisfying and thought provoking read.

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