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Christendom Destroyed: Europe 1517-1648 [Format Kindle]

Mark Greengrass
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Mark Greengrass succeeds brilliantly in bringing to life a vanished world that is consistently strange and surprising-and sometimes disturbing and repellent-even as he encourages us to recognise the ways in which it prefigures our own (Peter Marshall Literary Review)

The Penguin History of Europe series ... is one of contemporary publishing's great projects (New Statesman)

With five volumes now out, the Penguin History of Europe series ... is shaping up to be the best general account available, superseding all previous ones (Economist)

Greengrass's learned book explores the bloody history of Europe . . . Nothing escapes Greengrass's gaze, from the arrival of pineapples to the making of maps. For sheer scholarly breadth, there is nothing to touch it this year (Dominic Sandbrook Sunday Times BOOKS OF THE YEAR)

The political and religious conflicts of early modern Europe receive high-quality treatment from Greengrass . . . But 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 (Tony Barber Financial Times BOOKS OF THE YEAR)

Christendom Destroyed captures a great deal of truth about the wrenching transitions of the early modern age. As difficult as this history is, Mr. Greengrass narrates it with admirable clarity and a notable lack of condescension (Jeffrey Collins Wall St Journal)

Présentation de l'éditeur

Mark Greengrass's gripping, major, original account of Europe in an era of tumultuous change



This latest 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.


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  • Format : Format Kindle
  • Taille du fichier : 44410 KB
  • Nombre de pages de l'édition imprimée : 689 pages
  • Editeur : Allen Lane (3 juillet 2014)
  • Vendu par : Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Langue : Anglais
  • ASIN: B00IX6745W
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3.0 étoiles sur 5 naissance de l'Europe 19 mai 2015
Par jdem
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C'est un ouvrage "universitaire" qui décrit en détail la naissance de l'Europe moderne du début de la réforme jusqu'à la paix de Westphalie (1517-1648). C'est très détaillé, très complet mais, comme c'est une période riche en évènements, c'est très dense. Pour le lire avec profit, il faut donc déjà avoir une bonne connaissance de l'histoire de cette époque.
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2.0 étoiles sur 5 I don't like to give negative reviews 26 décembre 2014
Par Samuel F. Palmer - Publié sur Amazon.com
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A generous two stars here. Sigh. I don't like to give negative reviews.

Mr. Grenngrass needs an editor or six. This is a very VERY hard book to read. Sentence after sentence I have to reread, saying, "What is he referring to? What does that adjective or verb mean in this context?" And he uses the passive voice too often.

When a sentence gets reread once in a paragraph, it's a red flag. When two or three sentences need rereading in a paragraph, it's a black flag. This book is littered with black flags!!!

This book could have been smaller by two thirds.

What a shame. I'm sure the author worked very hard. He lost my attention very soon after I started reading. I'm going to try to continue reading the book, but I'm none too optimistic I'll make much more progress. I'm bummed b/c I was looking forward to reading it!!! I'm sad.
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2.0 étoiles sur 5 I am disappointed. 29 décembre 2014
Par Otto Mayr - Publié sur Amazon.com
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A confusing book; author does not make clear what was destroyed. Many things were in the period, but not Christendom, which is alive and well to this date, too well some might say. The writing style is uninviting, it discourages from making an effort to discover what the point is. I am disappointed.
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2.0 étoiles sur 5 see the above 31 janvier 2015
Par Ed Deisley - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format:Format Kindle|Achat vérifié
i thught the book started out well but got really bogged down in details which did not involve directly the theme of christendom destroyed; also the author did not footnote where he got his info from, a real drawback to a historian, which i am not, as to the validity of his statements; i was interested in the topic based on the title but its deviation from that theme turned me off; i do not recomend this book to others; tough one to get through
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3.0 étoiles sur 5 Poor Calvin. Poor Miguel Servet didn't have the opportunity ... 10 août 2014
Par S. Matthews - Publié sur Amazon.com
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The high-points, so far, of the new Penguin/Allen Lane history of Europe are Tim Blanning's and Chris Wickham's contributions, which tower over the rest. This is not one of the high-points. In the end I was left wondering what purpose it was supposed to serve. This is essentially a history of the reformation bookended by relatively brief descriptions of, on one side, what can only really be described as the phase transition in the political economy of the world that occurred in the middle of the 16th century, where Europe became the undisputed dominant presence, and on the other by the 30 years war - In the middle is a long detailed description of the Reformation that is surely intended as a replacement for Geoffrey Elton's 'Reformation Europe' which is the old standard. I suggest you don't bin your copy of Elton yet.

Elton published his history in 1963, and one might have thought that the seismic cultural shifts of the intervening 50 years would have provided the opportunity for a bit of sober revisionism, but apparently not. This is supposed to be a survey of the sweep of European history, and it will someday - I hope - finish with Ian Kershaw discussing the catastrophe of the 20th century. Given that end goal, it is remarkable that in spite of hundreds of pages of discussion of the Reformation, Greengrass manages never to mention that Martin Luther was an gibbering eliminationist anti-Semite, who variously called for jews to be driven from the state by violence, be enserfed, or simply murdered. In fact it barely mentions european antisemitism at all (there is one entry in the index, and there is one - unindexed - remark about how 'Christendom's panic about its integrity turned into spasmodic pogroms' - but this remark is not enlarged upon). On the basis of Greengrass's description you could be forgiven for imagining that Luther was a milquetoast academic who was fond of children and dogs. Ditto Calvin: he tells us that Calvin was haunted by the Miguel Servet affair. Poor Calvin. Poor Miguel Servet didn't have the opportunity to be haunted because - let us not forget - the affair actually involved Calvin having him tortured to death in the town square. Later on Greengrass describes Calvinist Geneva in terms that make it sound like Thélème on the Rhône. Colour me (and the historical record, which reports children beheaded and suspected adulteresses tossed in the river) sceptical.

Even ignoring this, it has been said that 'without Martin Luther, no Louis XIV' - i.e. that as a result of the reformation, the political assumptions and political reality of Europe were radically revised. When I picked up the book, this is actually what I expected - and hoped - the focus would actually be (I have no interest in the Reformation other than as a political and sociological phenomenon), but Greengrass doesn't really address this theme methodically at all - a thread is visible in the discussion of the reformation, but you really have to know that it is there, and what to look for. He is too busy writing down the day to day business of the reformation itself. On the other side from the politics, neither is any feel for the _otherness_ of of 16th century life provided, which would go someway to communicating understanding of - if not justification for - the wall-to-wall barbarity - the sort of thing that Keith Thomas did in 'Religion and the Decline of Magic' (a book not cited in the followup reading). I found the narrative a bit wan (flicking through Elton, which I have not read in years, this does not appear to be the case with him).

Finally, to be honest, I could have done with fewer hanging participles and general deictic fuzziness.
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 Best source for study of XVI century Europe 6 octobre 2014
Par Jerzy E. Henisz - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format:Format Kindle|Achat vérifié
A fascinating book rich in background, cultural, every-day life, religious, political information about sixteen century Europe. The title is somewhat misleading and unfortunate. The period was, indeed, full of events but not necessary destructive unless one accepts a very narrow definition of "Christendom." Highly recommended to serious scholars as well as general readers interested in the period. I could not put it away until I finished.
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