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Reformation Europe

2nd Edition


Part of New Approaches to European History

  • Date Published: September 2017
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9781107603547

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  • How could the Protestant Reformation take off from Wittenberg, a tiny town in Saxony, which contemporaries regarded as a mud hole? And how could a man of humble origins, deeply scared by the devil, become a charismatic leader and convince others that the Pope was the living Antichrist? Martin Luther founded a religion which to this day determines many people's lives, as did Jean Calvin in Geneva one generation later. In this new edition of her best selling textbook, Ulinka Rublack addresses these two tantalising questions. Including evidence from the period's rich material culture, alongside a wealth of illustrations, this is the first textbook to use the approaches of the new cultural history to analyse how Reformation Europe came about. Updated for the anniversary of the circulation of Luther's ninety-five theses, Reformation Europe has been restructured for ease of teaching, and now contains additional references to 'radical' strands of Protestantism.

    • An original and fresh presentation of how Luther and Calvin transformed Europe and the wider world
    • Integrates an understanding of the history of emotions with an account of what being Protestant meant for ordinary Europeans
    • This edition has been updated for the anniversary of the Reformation, and now includes more illustrations to underline the importance of visuality and materiality as they shaped and reflected people's understandings of themselves and the world
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    Reviews & endorsements

    Praise for the first edition: 'Pupils and students studying the Reformation will welcome this fine book.' The Times Higher Education Supplement

    Praise for the first edition: 'Bravo to this slim and elegant book, the latest in Cambridge's series, 'New Approaches to European History', that offers a balanced and nutritious mixing of Reformation scholarship, using traditional ingredients spiced up with new theories, resulting in an original and fresh preparation to tempt palates away from the traditional staple of political and theological histories.' The International History Review

    Praise for the first edition: 'Students will most likely find this book to be an easy read and will appreciate the lack of detailed theological discussions. Chapter 4 in particular, with its sections on daily life, is fascinating and will engage most university students. More advanced students will also benefit from the good survey of recent works on Reformation history.' Amy R. Caldwell, H-Net

    'The new edition strengthens Rublack's explanation for how Martin Luther and Jean Calvin, the principal figures of the book, overcame similar impediments and became the great leaders of Protestantism. … The author has added many illustrations and anecdotes … Recommended.' F. J. Baumgartner, Choice

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    Product details

    • Edition: 2nd Edition
    • Date Published: September 2017
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9781107603547
    • length: 270 pages
    • dimensions: 228 x 153 x 13 mm
    • weight: 0.44kg
    • contains: 54 b/w illus. 1 map
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    Prologue: prophecy
    1. Locating the Reformation: Martin Luther and Wittenberg
    2. Disseminating Luther´s Reformation
    3. People and networks in the age of the Reformations
    4. John Calvin and Geneva
    5. Calvinism in Europe
    6. A religion of the word
    7. Protestant material and emotional cultures
    Epilogue: A new cultural history of the Reformation.

  • Author

    Ulinka Rublack, University of Cambridge
    Ulinka Rublack is Professor of Early Modern European History at the University of Cambridge and a Fellow of St John's College. She is author of The Astronomer and the Witch: Johannes Kepler's Fight for His Mother (2015), an Observer Book of the Year, editor of the Oxford History of the Protestant Reformations (2016) and Hans Holbein, The Dance of Death (2016), a Spectator Book of the Year. She was awarded the Bainton prize for her landmark study Dressing Up: Culture Identity in Renaissance Europe (2010).

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