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    This fast-paced survey of Western civilization's transition from the Middle Ages to modernity brings that tumultuous period vividly to life.

    Carlos Eire, popular professor and gifted writer, chronicles the 200-year era of the Renaissance and Reformation with particular attention to issues that persist as concerns in the present day. Eire connects the Protestant and Catholic Reformations in new and profound ways, and he demonstrates convincingly that this crucial turning point in history not only affected people long gone but continues to shape our world and define who we are today.

    The book focuses on the vast changes that took place in Western civilization between 1450 and 1650, from Gutenberg's printing press and the subsequent revolution in the spread of ideas to the close of the Thirty Years' War. Eire devotes equal attention to the various Protestant traditions and churches as well as to Catholicism, skepticism, and secularism, and he takes into account the expansion of European culture and religion into other lands, particularly the Americas and Asia. He also underscores how changes in religion transformed the Western secular world.

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    • Keith
    • 15/08/2018

    Surprisingly Compelling Historical Survey

    Structured as a historical survey that could (and should) be the foundational text in a college course on the Reformations, Eire's book is remarkably engaging. There are narrative flourishes that make his writing work in an audiobook format and he does much more than simply recount events. Eire manages to reflect on shifting religious thought from 1450 to 1650 and make important connections to today without falling victim to reading past events solely through the prism of twenty-first century sensibilities. The book is impressive in that it serves as a great introduction while also posing enough provocative questions and offering enough unique analysis to stimulate a reader well versed in the history. Highly recommended.

    The reader has a good tone and pace, although like everyone he has some idiosyncratic pronunciations (elite sounds like A-leet, for example). In a way his unapologetically American pronunciations of Latin, German, French, Italian and Spanish added clarity compared to other narrators who have varied proficiencies yet try to pass themselves off as polyglots.

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    • Mr.
    • 14/05/2019

    solid

    ok, so this is very well writen but the audio book itself has technical problems. the narrator is difficult to listen to at a distance because his vocal register is too low and he peaks the audio with his 'S' sounds. Also it has false stopped like four times on chapter 58 and wont register that I have finished the book.

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    • drethelin
    • 31/12/2018

    Interesting topic, bad narration

    I like the writing a lot, it’s very clear and describes a lot of interesting historic characters and events in various levels of detail, giving what feels like a solid sense of the age.

    The narrator is constantly monotone and almost whispery. At least he’s clear and not doing an obnoxious accent, but it makes it hard to listen for any length of time.

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    • José de Ribera
    • 15/05/2020

    Authoritative

    Best overview of the Reformation on the market. The narrator does an excellent job and has a very good pronunciation of non English words throughout the book .

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    • No to Statism
    • 17/12/2018

    Powerful and Thought Provoking

    It is obvious to me that Mr. Eire vested many hours in researching and compiling this volume. I am personally very grateful for his efforts; there was much during the reformation period I did not know, but now my understanding is greatly improved!

    Also, David Drummond did an outstanding job reading the text!

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    • Ben
    • 27/07/2020

    Excellent, Well Researched, Eye Opening

    This book was immensely helpful to me in coming to understand not only the theology and history of the reformations but how the reformations have reverberated throughout history even now in our own time. I came to appreciate my own faith tradition more and pray that we all may be one someday. If you take history seriously this cannot help but cause you to think about your own faith tradition and why you believe what you believe.

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    • Tim R. Prussic
    • 21/03/2020

    Amazing Large-Scale Introduction

    I think that Eire's Reformations would be a fine addition to a seminary reading list. Carlos Eire, a Yale Historian and Cuban refugee to the USA, brings together a TON of scholarship around the "early modern period" from 1450 to 1650, making this volume a trove of academic sources for the excited reader. See, for example, the bibliography (70+ pages), which is organized by topic. Nice. Really nice. Makes a feller want to drop everything and go study history at Yale.

    Eire posits not a Reformation as of one, but Reformations as of many. He demonstrates the cross-pollination but focuses on the independence of the various Reformations. Thus, he sets the "Reformations" in their contexts and details how, heavily influenced by the Reformations, Europe descended into warfare culminating in the Thirty Years' War and finally in the Peace of Westphalia in 1648. By that time (and ever since), the religious and theological struggles of the Reformation held much less social, political, and martial sway in Europe.

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    • Kindle Customer
    • 08/09/2019

    Super

    As a cradle Roman Catholic seeking a deeper history not written by a R.C. and not as boring as a text book this account has been superior. This is an interest holding tome.

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    • Magyar
    • 07/09/2018

    Fascinating

    This is a fascinating book that brings together a lot of research and perspectives on the period 1450-1650. A times some of the sections are something of a "Pump and dump" meaning that because there was research on a topic it had to be included.I wanted to know more about Scandinavia. But still I found it a very insight book.

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    • Liam Cruz Kelly
    • 23/02/2019

    Catholics don’t believe in “Works Righteousness”

    This might seem like nit-picking, but really, it’s central to the entire narrative of the Reformations. In no uncertain terms Carlos M.N. Eire states at least twice that the Catholic Church teaches people can earn salvation with works-righteousness. No. That is not the Catholic doctrine.

    The role of “good works,” thought of as an act of God’s grace with the cooperation of the human will, is more nuanced that Eire suggests, but ultimately, the Catholic Church rejects the idea that people can earn heaven with works. This is not a secret, the Very First declaration on the subject of justification from the Council of Trent (1547) says: “Canon 1: If anyone saith, that man may be justified before God by his own works, whether done through the teaching of human nature, or that of the law, without the grace of God through Jesus Christ: Let Him Be Anathema.” (literally just google “Trent Justification”)

    So, Eire’s statement uses and approves of the Protestant mischaracterization of Catholic justification, and therefore falls into the trap of the confessional-minded historians which he so earnestly tries to distance himself from in the book’s opening. This massive oversight ruined his otherwise fascinating and engaging book for me. I learned a lot listening to this book, but, I kept thinking, if Eire has made such a blatantly biased mistake on something so crucial to the narrative of reformations, how can I trust anything else he writes?

    No matter how much time he fairly dedicated to Catholic narratives, this oversight exposes his Protestant bias (even if subconsciously, he himself may not be Protestant). Imagine if he had said, that Luther’s doctrine of “Faith Alone” meant that “At the end of the day, all Protestants believed that faithful people could and should sin in any degree without consequence, because ‘Sole Fide’ taught that works meant absolutely nothing for justification.” Any Protestant, or really any critical reader, would see through that statement as a mischaracterization of the Protestant belief. So too with his statement that Catholics affirm “Works-Righteousness.” They do not.

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