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The Reformation of the Sixteenth Century by Roland H. Bainton.
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DESCRIPTION: Softcover: 288 pages. Publisher: The Beacon Press (1985). Bainton presents the many strands that made up the Reformation in a single, brilliantly coherent account. He discusses the background for Luther's irreparable breach with the Church and its ramifications for 16th Century Europe, giving thorough accounts of the Diet of Worms, the institution of the Holy Commonwealth of Geneva, Henry VIII's break with Rome, and William the Silent's struggle for Dutch independence.
CONDITION: "VERY GOOD". Unread oversized softcover. Beacon Press (1985) 288 pages. Clearly never read, pages are
clean, crisp, unmarked, unmutilated, tightly bound, unambiguously unread. However inside it
is evident that the original owner must have written their name on the underside of the front
cover, as it (presumably, or something at least) has been marked out with a black marker. So
on the underside of the front cover there is an area about 3x1 inches which is marked out in
black, and the black marker has bled through to the front cover, so there's a "blob" of black
visible to the top side of the front cover. Otherwise, except for some very, very mild
rubbing and edge and corner shelfwear to the covers, it is almost "as new". I would add for
the record that, of course, the gloss white back cover is yellowed at the edges, and the
pages inside are ever-so-faintly tanned at the edges. There's no "reading crease" to the
spine of course, and except for these very minor, purely superficial, cosmetic blemishes the
book is almost "like new". Except for the black marker overwriting what we presume to be the
original owner's identifying information on the underside of the front cover, were that
absent, the book would grade as "like new" with merely some very, very mild shelfwear.
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REVIEW: Roland Herbert Bainton was Professor of Ecclesiastical History at Yale. He is the author of "Here I stand", the biography of Martin Luther, as well as monograms on important "Heretics of the Reformation"; Servetus, Castello, Ochino, and Joris. He has also written "The Church of our Fathers" and "The Travail of Religious Liberty". Dr. Bainton served in World War I with the Quaker unit of the American Red Cross.
REVIEW: Dr. Bainton writes in a crisp and lively style, and his scholarship is never obtrusive. Only a scholar fully conversant with his theme could have achieved such a masterly compression of a century's almost chaotic detail. Here the main aspects are clearly distinguished and the central issues receive significant comment. This book is a masterpiece for the clarity and understanding which Bainton brings to his subject.
REVIEW: Honored as one of the "outstanding religious books" of the year by the American Library Association's Religious Books Round Table in these words: "The evolution of the economic, political, and cultural world of the sixteenth century resulted also in religious divisions. The author portrays dissensions, heresies, and inquisitions with clarity. He gives perspective and character to the background and events surrounding Lutheranism, Calvinism, Anabaptism, Anglicanism, and the Reformed Churches. Bainton's "Reformation" meets a need that has long been felt. This is "popular" history only in the sense that ordinary people can read it without a dictionary. More fascinating and readable than a novel, it is also thorough scholarship.
REVIEW: We have here the first thoroughly scholarly, yet popular history of the Reformation to be written for a full generation. Would that we had more history like this, so well-proportioned in its emphasis, and so pertinent to the understanding of history now in the making. "The Reformation" is a vigorous, popularly written history of the Revolution which contracts a vast body of scholarship into a little space. Contemporary woodcuts handsomely set off the text.
REVIEW: First, I must admit that I like history, but I am not very familiar with the Reformation. Having said that, I think Roland Bainton's book is an excellent introduction to the topic. It is very well written, well researched, and well presented. I was duly impressed with the author's ability to tell the story of what happened - the key discussions, decisions, participants, etc. without boring the reader. You can tell that Dr. Bainton possesses a deep understanding of this era. I highly recommend this book to anyone hoping to learn more about this important part of European (and Christian church) history. You will learn a lot, and the author's profound analysis is well worth the read.
REVIEW: As is the case with almost all of Bainton's books, this book is very well written, easy to follow, and contains a good amount of historical facts and evidence. This text is very well researched, just take a look at the bibliography. However, the reader should keep in mind that this is a type of survey text, not a text with a specific target topic in mind within the Reformation; though Bainton does detail several key elements which he believes helped to shape the overall movement in Europe. Bainton covers all the major figures, movements, creeds, Papal Bulls, positions, assertions, and historical settings which occurred during the Reformation.
Some detail is left out (for further research), but for a survey text on the Reformation, this is one of the best! Bainton begins with Luther (who is the core source of the Reformation) in Germany and then expands out into other areas and People who help to promulgate the ideas of Luther. He discusses the various movements such as Calvinism, Lutheranism, the Anabaptists, etc. Bainton also discusses the political atmosphere of the Reformation and details the ideas of nobility and political figures within the Reformation who either hindered or aided the movement. Finally, Bainton discusses the economic situations of various areas, its effects and ramifications of the Reformation.
Overall, this is a wonderful survey text to whet the appetite of the reader regarding the Reformation. Bainton has very easy to read writing style and he keeps his audience's attention well. If you are interested in the Reformation and have yet to really dig deep into the issues, then this is a great place to start. If you are seasoned researcher of the Reformation, I still believe you will glean some wonderful gold nuggets of facts and information from this text.
REVIEW: This is an example of what the fruits of scholarship should yield: careful, concise, clear, simple but uncompromised prose, moving from insight to insight, nothing gratuitous. If only such a book were available for every period in cultural history. Bainton renders the phenomena surrounding the Reformation so lucidly; really, in its own careful way, a small masterpiece.
REVIEW: A concise yet not shallow study with unique vocabulary showing the interaction between the Roman Catholics, Luther, Calvin and the Anabaptists in the 16th Century and the impact on political, economic and family life. Bainton describes the breach between Luther and Roman Catholicism. The major figures are Luther, Zwingli, Calvin, Erasmus, Knox, and Cranmer. He utilizes compare and contrasts on doctrines and positions; such as, justification by faith, predestination, separation of church and state.
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