More than 450 years have passed since Luther’s definitive protest at Wittenberg. In this volume, James Atkinson contends the Reformation is Luther, and Luther is the Reformation. Thus, the acid test of any work on this period is whether the author understands and effectively communicates the fundamental concerns of the Reformation’s figurehead. Atkinson sets up a framework with which we may survey and assess the other men and movements of the period. From Luther, Atkinson moves to Zwingli and the Swiss Reformation, to Calvin and the establishment of Protestantism, to the Reformation in Britain under the Tudors, and finally to the beginnings of the discontent that boiled over in the British Puritan revolt of the seventeenth century.