At a time when men and women were prepared to kill - and be killed - for their faith, the Reformation tore western world apart. In this title, the author re-creates the religious battles of priests, monarchs, scholars and politicians, from zealous Martin Luther nailing his Theses to door of a Wittenburg church to the radical Ignatius of Loyola.
<p><b>'A masterpiece ... In its field it is the best book ever' <i>Guardian</i></b><br /><b><i></i></b><br /><b><i></i>Winner of the Wolfson Prize for history, <i>Reformation: Europe's House Divided 1490-1700</i> charts a seismic shift in European culture that marked the beginning of the modern world.</b></p><p> At a time when men and women were prepared to kill - and be killed - for their faith, the Reformation tore the western world apart. Acclaimed as the definitive account of these epochal events, Diarmaid MacCulloch's history brilliantly re-creates the religious battles of priests, monarchs, scholars and politicians, from the zealous Martin Luther nailing his Theses to the door of a Wittenburg church to the radical Ignatius of Loyola, founder of the Jesuit order; from Thomas Cranmer, martyred for his reforms, to the ambitious Philip II, unwavering in his campaign against Europe's 'heretics'.</p><p> Weaving together the many strands of Reformation and Counter-Reformation, ranging widely across Europe and even to the new world, MacCulloch also reveals as never before how these upheavals affected everyday lives - overturning ideas of love, sex, death and the supernatural, and shaping the modern age.</p><p> 'Magisterial and eloquent'<br /> David Starkey</p><p> 'A triumph of human sympathy'<br /> Blair Worden, <i>Sunday Telegraph</i></p><p> 'From politics to witchcraft, from the liturgy to sex; the sweep of European history covered here is breathtakingly panoramic. This is a model work of history'<br /> Noel Malcolm, <i>Sunday Telegraph</i> Books of the Year</p><p> 'Monumental ... <i>Reformation </i>is set to become a landmark'<br /> Lisa Jardine, <i>Observer</i></p><p> <b>Diarmaid MacCulloch </b>is Professor of the History of the Church at Oxford University. His <i>Thomas Cranmer </i>won the Whitbread Biography Prize, the James Tait Black Prize and the Duff Cooper Prize. He is also the author of <i>A History of Christianity: The First Three Thousand Years</i>.</p>