The Early Reformation on the Continent offers a fresh look at the formative years of the European reformation and the origins of Protestant faith and practice. Taking into account recent work on Erasmus and Luther, Owen Chadwick handles these and numerous other figures with sensitivity and understanding. Emphasis on the context provides a balanced view of the raison d'être for the changes the reforming communities sought to introduce and the difficulties and disagreements that followed.
The structure of the book is distinctively original. Rather than following a conventional chronological progression, Owen Chadwick takes a much broader perspective and arranges his material thematically. Whatever the topic—the Bible, clerical celibacy, moral questions of adultery and divorce, purgatory, hymns, excommunication, the relationship of church and state, education, the Eucharist—the reader is taken back to its origins and development through the history of the western church and given an authoritative, accessible, and informative account.
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[This] is the most detailed English work to date in this field . . . it provides essential background for anyone who wishes to understand the significant political and spiritual contributions made by the papacy in the twentieth century. . . . This book should remain a standard in the field of papal studies for years to come.
—J. Francis Watson, History