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Christendom Destroyed: Europe 1517-1648
 
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Christendom Destroyed: Europe 1517-1648 [Format Kindle]

Mark Greengrass

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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.

Biographie de l'auteur

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.

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  • Format : Format Kindle
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  • Nombre de pages de l'édition imprimée : 689 pages
  • Pagination - ISBN de l'édition imprimée de référence : 0713990864
  • Editeur : Allen Lane (3 juillet 2014)
  • Vendu par : Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Langue : Anglais
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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 murdered, as he had long promised, by 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.
5.0 étoiles sur 5 Best source for study of XVI century Europe 6 octobre 2014
Par Jerzy E. Henisz - Publié sur Amazon.com
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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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