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The Protestant Reformation looks at one of the greatest upheavals of the Western world. It starts with the context of the time and the provocation of Indulgences. It goes on to explain Luther’s “protest,” its theological implications, how the protest escalated, and the Catholic Church’s response. It concludes with an analysis of how the Reformation helped launch the modern The Protestant Reformation looks at one of the greatest upheavals of the Western world. It starts with the context of the time and the provocation of Indulgences. It goes on to explain Luther’s “protest,” its theological implications, how the protest escalated, and the Catholic Church’s response. It concludes with an analysis of how the Reformation helped launch the modern age. The Best One-Hour History series is for those who want a quick but coherent overview of major historical events. It will also serve those who need a competent high-level introduction before going further. Each volume provides a clear and concise account of the episode under discussion. In about an hour, the reader will obtain a well-grounded understanding of why each subject holds iconic status in Western Civilization.


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The Protestant Reformation looks at one of the greatest upheavals of the Western world. It starts with the context of the time and the provocation of Indulgences. It goes on to explain Luther’s “protest,” its theological implications, how the protest escalated, and the Catholic Church’s response. It concludes with an analysis of how the Reformation helped launch the modern The Protestant Reformation looks at one of the greatest upheavals of the Western world. It starts with the context of the time and the provocation of Indulgences. It goes on to explain Luther’s “protest,” its theological implications, how the protest escalated, and the Catholic Church’s response. It concludes with an analysis of how the Reformation helped launch the modern age. The Best One-Hour History series is for those who want a quick but coherent overview of major historical events. It will also serve those who need a competent high-level introduction before going further. Each volume provides a clear and concise account of the episode under discussion. In about an hour, the reader will obtain a well-grounded understanding of why each subject holds iconic status in Western Civilization.

30 review for The Protestant Reformation: The Best One-Hour History

  1. 4 out of 5

    Tex Reader

    4.5 of 5 stars – A Fast, Enlightening History Lesson (for the common man). (I'm excited to have won this as a Goodreads First Read – so thanks, Robert!) Wow, talk about changing history! This short, enjoyable read made me realize that we are coming up to, in 2017, the 500-year anniversary of what I’ve learned is a seminal event in world history – Luther’s nailing his “Ninety-Five Theses” to the door of the Wittenberg cathedral. Robert Freeman’s writing style is clear and succinct, in a language th 4.5 of 5 stars – A Fast, Enlightening History Lesson (for the common man). (I'm excited to have won this as a Goodreads First Read – so thanks, Robert!) Wow, talk about changing history! This short, enjoyable read made me realize that we are coming up to, in 2017, the 500-year anniversary of what I’ve learned is a seminal event in world history – Luther’s nailing his “Ninety-Five Theses” to the door of the Wittenberg cathedral. Robert Freeman’s writing style is clear and succinct, in a language that is accessible and straight-forward. It is well organized, highlighting the most salient issues and effectively using the approach of listing 2, 3 or 4 main points, and then addressing each in its turn. As a consequence, I learned a lot. Having grown up in America and Luther’s name-sake church, I’m philosophically sympathetic, but this helped me understand the cultural, political, and religious context, causes, and consequences of the Protestant Reformation. I now would liken Luther’s Protests to the Declaration of Independence and spring uprising of its time. I already knew it was bad, just not that bad – the church’s raising money by playing to guilts and colluding with rich sinners to buy indulgences (Luther’s main initial beef), selling church positions to the highest bidder (does the name Blagojevich come to mind?), concubines for priests, extorting the poor to fund decadent opulence. The author showed that Luther’s actions were a spark that served to combine not just religious, but political and cultural resistances to this fraud and corruption that were smoldering and building across Europe. For fear this review will be longer than the book itself, I’ll end by saying this is a fun way for a non-history-buff to understand a key influential event leading to our current institutions of individualism, nation states, capitalism, science and democracy.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Stephanie (Bookfever)

    The Protestant Reformation is the second one in this nonfction One-Hour History books that I've read. I first read and reviewed The Renaissance and simply loved it. So when they asked me if I wanted to review more I said yes, of course and asked for this one and The Scientific Revolution, which I should be reading soon. Now I might not know a lot about this topic, though things like this have always intrigued me, I did like knowing and learning more. I especially liked the bit towards the end abo The Protestant Reformation is the second one in this nonfction One-Hour History books that I've read. I first read and reviewed The Renaissance and simply loved it. So when they asked me if I wanted to review more I said yes, of course and asked for this one and The Scientific Revolution, which I should be reading soon. Now I might not know a lot about this topic, though things like this have always intrigued me, I did like knowing and learning more. I especially liked the bit towards the end about Holland and Belgium, since duh, I live in Belgium. I didn't know these things so once again I have learned some new interesting things. And I agree that without Luther we probably wouldn't have our modern world like it is now. The things I like about these One-Hour History books is how much information Robert Freeman gives us, yet it can be read in less than an hour. It amazes me. And the author is obviously very skilled at these kind of things. I love it. And though there's a lot of information, it's not like it gets boring. Not for me anyway, I love nonfictions like this. All in all, The Protestant Reformation is very intriguing One-Hour History written and told in a interesting, quick and informative way. I would recommend this to anyone interesting in this topic or just anyone who loves learning more about history. Another five stars absolutely earned! Also I must say that I'm very excited for the upcoming titles: Ancient Greece, Rome and The Middle Ages. Those three are in my top ten of favorite historical eras!

  3. 4 out of 5

    Sandy McCarthy

    Great summation of that period in time. Learned a lot after having been raised in church all my life! Won this book in a Goodreads Giveaway - Thanks, Robert!!

  4. 4 out of 5

    Kevin Bennett

    This book gives a quick summary protestant reformation It is not as detailed as the history of Romanian but give a good view of history in a short book to explain the current world.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Maryam

    *I received this book courtesy of Goodreads giveaway This book came at the perfect time, a week right before my history exam. We learned about the Protestant Reformation in class but it wasn't very clear. I have to say, in terms of usefulness and convenience, this book did an excellent job in clearly explaining and outlining the causes and effects of the Protestant Reformation. Before this book, I had trouble connecting the different events in the Reformation but this book put them in proper conte *I received this book courtesy of Goodreads giveaway This book came at the perfect time, a week right before my history exam. We learned about the Protestant Reformation in class but it wasn't very clear. I have to say, in terms of usefulness and convenience, this book did an excellent job in clearly explaining and outlining the causes and effects of the Protestant Reformation. Before this book, I had trouble connecting the different events in the Reformation but this book put them in proper context and made me understand how one affected the other. This book also does a good job in explaining the corruption of the Church and their money-making schemes and how Luther's protests grew beyond his control. It explained the important events and the context around the Reformation in chronological order and connected its importance to the previous events. In fact, for my exam, I wrote an essay on the Reformation using much of the information in this book because it was thoroughly explained. I would definitely recommend this book to those who would like to understand the Reformation and I will be lending this book to my friends taking history next semester because I know it will benefit them to understand the Reformation. My only quarrel with this book is that chapter six is missing! After reading chapter five, it jumps straight to chapter seven! I thought that maybe this was a typo and I went to the Table of Contents, but no, chapter seven followed chapter five. I am not sure if this was intentional or not, but I found this very strange.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Tom Donaghey

    The Protestant Reformation: The Best One-Hour History is another title on a growing list of impressive writing. Mr. Freeman's highlighting of only the major times, thoughts and instigators or the Reformation as well as the resulting uproar those people and thoughts caused is displayed out in a clear cut manner which encourages the reader to seek other material to round out the knowledge of this period of time. The writing, as always in these primers, is clear and concise, well structured and co The Protestant Reformation: The Best One-Hour History is another title on a growing list of impressive writing. Mr. Freeman's highlighting of only the major times, thoughts and instigators or the Reformation as well as the resulting uproar those people and thoughts caused is displayed out in a clear cut manner which encourages the reader to seek other material to round out the knowledge of this period of time. The writing, as always in these primers, is clear and concise, well structured and comprehensive as to all the major points of the topic. From 1517 and Martin Luther's nailing of his 95 Theses to the cathedral door through to today as we feel the ramifications of those 95 ideas and their impact on not only the Catholic Church, but the royalty of all the small, separate "states" that existed before the countries of Europe emerged, through the increased importance of the middle class. But like all the books in the BEST ONE HOUR series, this is only a starting point. I almost wished I hadn't read this and left it around the house for the wife to see as now we have to talk about religion almost every day. I think I'm turning into Mr. Freeman's biggest fan but that is what happens when you putout quality material the way he does. I can't wait to read more.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Zach Josh

    Good little read about Luther and the church.

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    Janice A. Henderson

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