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Daily Life During the Reformation (Greenwood Press Daily Life Through History)by James M. Anderson
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Organized thematically, Daily Life during the Reformation covers the hectic and tumultuous years between 1517 and 1648, allowing readers to discover what it was like for ordinary people during this critical period and to compare events and living conditions in early Modern Europe with those of today.
With the help of eyewitness accounts, the book focuses on the lives of the people, the conditions in which they lived and died, their roles in the unfolding events of the Reformation, and the Reformation's effects on them. Leading protagonists are described, as are their beliefs and the impact of those beliefs on the population in general and in particular cases. The book also explores, for example, the medical practice of the time, which, while not considered black magic, was close to it.
Book News Annotation:
The Reformation was a tumultuous period in human history defined by radical social changes and violence. Most accounts are from the point of view of the ruling elite of the time but here Anderson (emeritus, U. of Calgary, Canada) covers the Reformation period, specifically the period between 1517 and 1648, from the point of view of the average person in daily life. Drawing from eyewitness accounts, he profiles people from this period and the conditions in which they led their lives. Annotation ©2011 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
This broad exploration captures the lives of ordinary people during the turbulent period that transformed early Modern Europe.
• Offers broad coverage of the Reformation, including many countries in a single volume
• Details all of the important events of the period, explaining how they impacted ordinary men and women
• Shows how people coped with the changing spiritual movements of the 16th and early-17th centuries, shedding light on the religious sects of the period and their impact today
• Eyewitness accounts that bring the period to life
• Appendixes: The Holy Sacraments of the Catholic Church, Rulers of the Countries Most Affected during the Time of Reformation and Counter-Reformation, and Summary of the Articles of the Peasant Revolt of 1525
Having begun as an attempt to reform the perceived abuses and errors of the Catholic Church, the Protestant Reformation affected many aspects of daily life, including marriage and divorce, the role of the clergy, and the prevalence of persecution and bloodshed on both sides of the divide.
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