Voices of the Reformation
Contemporary Accounts of Daily Life
by John A. Wagner, Editor
May 2015, 308pp, 8 1/2 x 11
1 volume, Greenwood

Hardcover: 978-1-61069-679-1
$115, £89, 100€, A158
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In one of his published writings, Martin Luther once described King Henry VIII as a “damnable and offensive worm.”

This fascinating collection of primary source documents furnishes the accounts—in their own words—of those who initiated, advanced, or lived through the Reformation.

Starting in 1500, Europe transformed from a united Christendom into a continent bitterly divided between Catholicism and Protestantism by the end of the century. This illuminating text reveals what happened during that period by presenting the social, religious, economic, political, and cultural life of the European Reformation of the 16th century in the words of those who lived through it.

Detailed and comprehensive, the work includes 60 primary source documents that shed light on the character, personalities, and events of that time and provides context, questions, and activities for successfully incorporating these documents into academic research and reading projects. A special section provides guidelines for better evaluating and understanding primary documents. Topics include late medieval religion, Martin Luther, reformation in Germany and the Peasants’ War, the rise of Calvinism, and the English Reformation.


  • Supports common core standards for English language arts/history and social studies by promoting critical thinking
  • Covers the people and events of the period in Germany, France, Italy, the British Isles, and elsewhere in Europe
  • Defines unfamiliar terms alongside of the documents that contain them
  • Features a chronology listing important dates and events pertaining to the Protestant Reformation
John A. Wagner, PhD, has taught classes in British and American history at Arizona State University and Phoenix College. He has contributed to numerous major reference volumes on early modern and medieval history. His published works include ABC-CLIO's Encyclopedia of the Wars of the Roses and Encyclopedia of Tudor England as well as Greenwood's Encyclopedia of the Hundred Years War. He received his doctorate in history from Arizona State University.


"Suitable for most public libraries."—Booklist, September 8, 2015

"The broad selection of pertinent documents and the volume's reasonable price are great incentives for academic and public libraries to acquire this work. Summing Up: Highly recommended. All academic levels; general readers."—Choice, January 4, 2016

"All in all, this book collects some important documents and . . . could either be used as a good source book for students in history or theology or used as an exercise in working with primary sources."—The Huguenot Society Journal, October 26, 2016
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