Esteemed history professor Thomas F. Madden explores the reformations that swept across Christendom in the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries. The impact of these reforms affected government, popes, and kings as well as commoners, for at this time the Church was an omnipresent part of European identity-and the import of Church reforms on every level of life at this time simply cannot be underestimated. Involved in this fascinating era are such notable personages as King Henry VIII, Martin Luther, and John Calvin. Through every aspect of this remarkable process of reformation, Professor Madden captures the essence of the era-and imparts a true, studied understanding of just what this time period meant to the course of human events.
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by Professor Thomas F. Madden
"This introduction to the Reformation and the Counter-Reformation is somewhat biased towards the Catholic perspective. One never knew that the Inquisition was so, relatively, benign. Madden, a professor at a Jesuit institution, dismisses Protestant theological arguments and is very quick to present Protestant political failings. Madden's reading is sufficient. While he is not as animated as other scholars that this reviewer has heard in this series, the professor is an experienced lecturer. He quite easy to understand and to follow, but more than once is hesitant in his delivery. M.T.F. (c) AudioFile 2007, Portland, Maine"
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