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Publisher's Summary

An engrossing volume on the European Reformation by Pulitzer Prize-winning historian Will Durant.
The sixth volume of Durant's acclaimed Story of Civilization, The Reformationchronicles the history of European civilization from 1300 to 1564. In this masterful work, listeners will encounter

the schism within the Roman Catholic Church and the formation of early Protestantism;
the theology of Martin Luther and his societal impact;
the rise of Humanism and the life of Desiderius Erasmus;
the royal monarchies of England, France, Spain, and Italy;
the imperial conquests of Christopher Columbus and the discovery of the Americas;
the Bohemian revolution of Eastern Europe, the unification of Russia, and the rise of the Ottoman Empire;
the teachings of John Calvin; and
the Counter-Reformation of the sixteenth century.

©1957 Will Durant (P)2014 Blackstone Audio, Inc.
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5 out of 5 stars
By Arthur Pendragon on 11-07-14


Where does The Reformation rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

The entire series, including this volume, rank as my favourite books of all-time.

What did you like best about this story?

The depth and insight of the author.

What about Stefan Rudnicki’s performance did you like?


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5 out of 5 stars
By Michael on 01-29-15

The Power of Change

See my review of Our Oriental Heritage for my notes on the series as a whole.
This is another great volume of Durant’s great History series. This volume covers the Renaissance outside of Italy, the Reformation, and Counter-Reformation and overlaps quite a bit in time with volume 5 (The Renaissance).

The Reformation is not quite as dramatic as most of the other volumes of this series. There is a lot of politics and religion and strong historical figures but not a lot of heroes or inspiring stories. As always Durant provides a compelling integrated history of the period, going over the same period several times from the different perspectives of the historical individuals. Particularly compelling is a long overview of the Reformation and Counter-Reformation as a set of monologs by a hypothetical composite character representing the reformers, the traditional catholic, and the humanist.

This was well worth the time and I (re)learned a lot. It is quite amazing how decisions of people hundreds of years ago still effect our daily lives today. Durant tells the story of History is a way that makes one feel a part of history. He shows us quite normal individuals that made a difference centuries ago and how that difference has flowed through time all the way to us (and lets us see our own power to make such differences).

The narration was excellent with a lot of character and passion which helped keep me engaged in the stories.

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