Christendom Destroyed

Christendom Destroyed

Europe 1517-1648

Book - 2014
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"This latest addition to the landmark Penguin History of Europe series is a fascinating study of 16th and 17th century Europe and the fundamental changes which led to the collapse of Christendom and established the geographical and political frameworks of Western Europe as we know it. From peasants to princes, no one was untouched by the spiritual and intellectual upheaval of this era. Martin Luther's challenge to church authority forced Christians to examine their beliefs in ways that shook the foundations of their religion. The subsequent divisions, fed by dynastic rivalries and military changes, fundamentally altered the relations between ruler and ruled. Geographical and scientific discoveries challenged the unity of Christendom as a belief-community. Europe, with all its divisions, emerged instead as a geographical projection. It was reflected in the mirror of America, and refracted by the eclipse of Crusade in ambiguous relationships with the Ottomans and Orthodox Christianity. Chronicling these dramatic changes, Thomas More, Shakespeare, Montaigne and Cervantes created works which continue to resonate with us. Christendom Destroyed is a rich tapestry that fosters a deeper understanding of Europe's identity today"--
Publisher: New York, New York :, Viking,, 2014
Copyright Date: ©2014
ISBN: 9780141978529
014197852X
9780670024568
0670024562
Branch Call Number: 940.23 G837c 2014
Characteristics: xxix, 721 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations (some color), maps ; 24 cm

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Feb 07, 2016

Written by an excellent historian but there are so many details that it is difficult to keep track of all the events and personalities. These are all in the book if you wish to read it carefully.

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