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