500 year anniversary of The Reformation

500th. Anniversary

of the start of The Reformation

This year 2017 sees the 500th. anniversary of the start of the Protestant Reformation. On the 31st. October 1517 Martin Luther nailed his 95 theses to the church door at Wittenburg setting in motion the events that rocked the Church. What followed changed both the Christian world and the political world in Europe for ever. This day and these events will be being marked by the Churches around the globe.

Suggestions for further reading .

Martin Luther:Catholic Dissident

Peter Stanford. Hodder & Stoughton

Hardback £20.00

For sheer, selfless courage Luther is impossible to outdo and cannot but be admired.Behind his unappealing exterioirlies a hero to rival any other. For a 1000 tears before he came along the Catholic Church had been one of the greatest powere on earth. It had grown bloated, corrupt and complacent until along came Martin Luther to confront and challenge the Church, its Popes anf its Princes.

Remarkably he survived and triumphed and the Church was changed for ever.




ALL THINGS MADE NEW: Writings on the Reformation.

By Diarmaid MacCulloch

Allen Lane £25.00

Historian, theologian, writer and TV broadcaster , recently knighted Diarmaid MacCulloch is an expert on the history of the 16th. century and The Reformation. In this his latest book he takes a fresh look at the historical sources and data writing with clarity and authority. his work is scholarly, far-seeing, sometimes subversive and often witty. A must for all students and devoteees of reformation history.




The Rise of Thomas Cromwell :

power politics in the reign of Henry V111

By Michael Everett

Yale University Press. £12.99

Religion,Church and politics were inextricably linked in the 16th. Century. This scrupulously researched book challenges what has been understood about Cromwell's early political career and rise to power, arguing that he was neither a fervent evangelical nor a Machiavellian politician, but rather an exceptionally skilled administrator and servant of the the king. Readable and enlightening about this fascinating period of history.

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