Christendom Destroyed: Europe 1517-1648

Christendom Destroyed: Europe 1517-1648 Review

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.

Title:Christendom Destroyed: Europe 1517-1648
Edition Language:English

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  • Jan-Maat

    "This book has been written by an intellectual jackdaw, let loose in large libraries" (p.683). Despite that the text is more coherent than you might fear. On the one hand the dates 1517 and 1648 thems...

  • Justin Evans

    Pity the historian who tries to write for people who are not professional historians, for all her options are bad:i) write in order to sell books to people who want their own prejudices confirmed. See...

  • Andy

    Apparently the prior book in the series covering the renaissance won’t be out until next year..... bad show Penguin!..... but I’m going to jump ahead to this book & continue with the series & come...

  • Xander

    A very long, detailed and, at times, long winding book. Greengrass starts with describing common life during the 16th and 17th centuries (living conditions, science/philosophy, discoveries in the New ...

  • David Bird

    This volume organizes a very broad and complex topic, the history of a continent through 130 years, around a relatively simple concept: that at the beginning of the period, there was Christendom, and ...

  • Bijou

    I have to say immediately that this will be brief and from a layman's perspective, because my knowledge of history is limited to my sporadic consumption of dense history books such as this one. That b...

  • Lewis Weinstein

    FROM THE ECONOMIST (Aug 2, 2014) ... Mr Greengrass pays exhaustive attention to every detail in the post-Luther battles over religious doctrine, which he rightly sees as the underlying cause of most o...

  • Emre Sevin

    This is a whirlwind tour of a very tumultuous period of Europe. A period spanning 130 years that started with one of the most famous schisms in Christianity, a period of radical changes in climate, ef...

  • Viktor Krap

    If you are one day sitting at home and suddenly think to yourself: 'Gee, I sure would like to know more about the history of Europe during the 16th and part of the 17th century with a focus on The Ref...

  • Toby

    This is a massive book, not simply in size but in scope and ambition. Ostensibly a book covering the religious cataclysm that engulfed Europe between Luther's 95 theses and the peace of Westphalia, th...