The Age Of Reformation by E. Harris HarbisonThe Age Of Reformation by E. Harris Harbison

The Age Of Reformation

byE. Harris HarbisonForeword byEdward Whiting Fox

Paperback | January 31, 1955

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In The Age of Reformation, first published in 1955, E. Harris Harbison shows why sixteenth-century Europe was ripe for a catharsis. New political and social factors were at work—the growth of the middle classes, the monetary inflation resulting from an influx of gold from the New World, the invention of printing, the trend toward centralization of political power. Against these developments, Harbison places the church—nearly bankrupt because of the expense of defending the papal states, supporting an elaborate administrative organization and luxurious court, and financing the crusades. The Reformation, as he shows, was the result of "a long, slow shifting of social conditions and human values to which the church was not responding readily enough. The sheer inertia of an enormous and complex organization, the drag of powerful vested interests, the helplessness of individuals with intelligent schemes of reform—this is what strikes the historian in studying the church of the later Middle Ages."

Martin Luther, a devout and forceful monk, sought only to cleanse the church of its abuses and return to the spiritual guidance of the Scriptures. But, as it turned out, western Christendom split into two camps—a division as stirring, as fearful, as portentous to the sixteenth-century world as any in Europe's history. Offering an engaging and accessible introductory history of the Reformation, Harbison focuses on the age's key individuals, institutions, and ideas while at the same time addressing the slower, less obvious tides of social and political change. A classic synthesis of earlier generations of historical scholarship on the Reformation told with clarity and drama, this book concisely traces the outlines, interlocked and interwoven as they were, of the various phases that comprised the "Age of Reformation."

E. Harris Harbison (1907–1964) was Henry Charles Lea Professor of History, Princetun University. His other books include The Christian Scholar in the Age of Reformation and Christianity and History. Edward Whiting Fox (1911–1996) was Professor of History at Cornell University. He is the author of several books, including History in...
Title:The Age Of ReformationFormat:PaperbackDimensions:160 pages, 8 × 5 × 0.27 inPublished:January 31, 1955Publisher:Cornell University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0801498449

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Table of Contents

Foreword by Edward Whiting Fox


I. The European World about 1500

II The Religious Upheaval

III The Struggle for Power

Chronological Summary
Suggestions for Further Reading

Editorial Reviews

"This book is a small masterpiece. The vivid narrative, the simple, natural organization, and the clearly constructed chapters assure that it will be enjoyed by readers. E. Harris Harbison unfolds before our eyes a sweeping but comprehensive picture of the Reform as a basic trend, underlying all the various particular tendencies."—Catholic Historical Review