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Friday, July 02, 2004


An obvious choice for our library...

Macculloch, Diarmaid. The Reformation: A History. Viking Press.

Library Journal: “The definitive survey for this generation…What sets this work apart is the sweep of its coverage…a joy to read…the work’s size and information density will make it slow going for those without a basic knowledge of the subject…Highly recommended for larger public libraries and academic library collections in European and Christian history.” Publishers Weekly: “wide-ranging, richly layered and captivating…valuable and engaging portraits of key personalities…spectacular…MacCulloch’s magisterial book should become the definitive history of the Reformation.” Booklist: “Comprehensive and superbly written. An outstanding work that examines fairly and objectively a definitive epoch in the history and spiritual development of the Western world.” Kirkus: “Monumental, superb. An essential work of religious history.” Commonweal: "MacCulloch marshals vast erudition in a simultaneously synthetic and analytical narrative, and The Reformation is a remarkable achievement by any measure. But MacCulloch's treatment of Catholics is much less satisfactory and less sympathetic than his depiction of Protestants." Atlantic Monthly: "One of the most magisterial and stylishly written historical works to be puhlished in a decade. The book sparklingly synthesizes scholarship on an astonishing array of subjects. Throughout, MacCulloch explicates complex theological issues with startling lucidity. And his analyses of the lives, personalities, ideas, and struggles of Luther, Zwingli, Calvin, Cranmer, Philip II, and Ignatius of Loyola are at once sharp and profound (and not infrequently funny). A lasting work."


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