Christendom Destroyed: Europe 1517-1648 by Mark GreengrassChristendom Destroyed: Europe 1517-1648 by Mark Greengrass

Christendom Destroyed: Europe 1517-1648

byMark Greengrass

Paperback | September 1, 2015

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Mark Greengrass's gripping, major, original account of Europe in an era of tumultuous change SUNDAY TIMES and FINANCIAL TIMES Books of the Year 2014 This 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. 'The Penguin History of Europe series ... is one of contemporary publishing's great projects' New Statesman
Mark Greengrass is Professor Emeritus at the University of Sheffield. His books include Governing Passions: Peace and Reform in the French Kingdoms, 1576-1585, France in the Age of Henri IV and The European Reformation, c.1500-1618.
Title:Christendom Destroyed: Europe 1517-1648Format:PaperbackDimensions:752 pages, 7.76 × 5.08 × 1.37 inPublished:September 1, 2015Publisher:Penguin UkLanguage:English

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Editorial Reviews

An Economist and Financial Times Book of the Year“A magisterial account of the birth of modern Europe, from the Reformation, which broke the dominance of the Roman Catholic church, to the Peace of Westphalia, which entrenched the idea of the nation-state.”—The Economist “A masterly synthesis of depth and breadth.... An absorbing portrait of the social and cultural life of early modern Europe....  Mr. Greengrass is adept at material and environmental history….  ‘Christendom Destroyed’ captures a great deal of truth about the wrenching transitions of the early modern age…. with admirable clarity and a notable lack of condescension.”—Wall Street Journal “An immensely well-informed, informative and engaging account of the disintegration of “Christendom’s universalism.”—Glen C. Altschuler, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette “Any student of European history will find this a solid, close survey and a 'must' for understanding social and religious change.”—Midwest Book Review “The political and religious conflicts of early modern Europe receive high-quality treatment from Greengrass.... He also gives a detailed account of changes in ordinary people’s lives, from diet and clothes to language, making the book an excellent addition to the new Penguin History of Europe.”—Financial Times “An absorbing and enlightening book that explains much about the emergence of modern Europe.”—Booklist “[Christendom Destroyed], the product of a high standard of creative historical scholarship founded on years of study of archival and literary evidence by a much respected observer of the sixteenth-century scene, reflects a fine grasp of the outcome of modern research and research methods.... It is characteristics such as these which earn the book the five stars which it surely deserves.”—Christopher Allmand, The Tablet “Almost every page has a memorable nugget, from the invention of the world atlas to the scatological sermons of Martin Luther.”—Dominic Sandbrook, The Sunday Times (UK)"Mark Greengrass succeeds brilliantly in bringing to life a vanished world that is consistently strange and surprising—and sometimes disturbing and repellant—even as he encourages us to recognise the ways in which it prefigures our own.”—Peter Marshall, Literary Review (UK) “A tour de force of scholarship that begins with a gradual and accessible buildup and then descends, like the century, into a convulsion of dynastic entanglements.”—Kirkus Reviews “Amagnificent achievement. Engagingly written, remarkably comprehensive in scope, impeccable in its scholarship, it should find a wide readership which will be rewarded with a new understanding of one of the most decisive eras in European history.”—Robert A. Schneider, Professor of History, Indiana University “An extraordinary book, one that combines learning, imagination, and insight.”—Jonathan Dewald, University at Buffalo, State University of New York “An unusually wide-angled panorama of European history from Luther to the Peace of Westphalia, seasoned with a plethora of richly-illustrative and often unfamiliar illustrations.”—William Monter, Professor of History, Northwestern UniversityFrom the Hardcover edition.