Daily Life during the Reformation
by James M. Anderson
December 2010, 257pp, 6 1/8x9 1/4
1 volume, Greenwood

Hardcover: 978-0-313-36322-1
$55, 46€, A79
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Having begun as an attempt to reform the perceived abuses and errors of the Catholic Church, the Protestant Reformation affected many aspects of daily life, including marriage and divorce, the role of the clergy, and the prevalence of persecution and bloodshed on both sides of the divide.

This broad exploration captures the lives of ordinary people during the turbulent period that transformed early Modern Europe.

Organized thematically, Daily Life during the Reformation covers the hectic and tumultuous years between 1517 and 1648, allowing readers to discover what it was like for ordinary people during this critical period and to compare events and living conditions in early Modern Europe with those of today.

With the help of eyewitness accounts, the book focuses on the lives of the people, the conditions in which they lived and died, their roles in the unfolding events of the Reformation, and the Reformation’s effects on them. Leading protagonists are described, as are their beliefs and the impact of those beliefs on the population in general and in particular cases. The book also explores, for example, the medical practice of the time, which, while not considered black magic, was close to it.


  • Eyewitness accounts that bring the period to life
  • Appendixes: The Holy Sacraments of the Catholic Church, Rulers of the Countries Most Affected during the Time of Reformation and Counter-Reformation, and Summary of the Articles of the Peasant Revolt of 1525
James M. Anderson, PhD, is professor emeritus at the University of Calgary, Alberta, Canada. He has spent many years in Western Europe, including Spain, Portugal, and France, both as a Fulbright Scholar and as the recipient of multiple Canada council and Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC) grants, contributing numerous articles and books to the field of European studies. He is the author of 14 books, including Greenwood's The History of Portugal, Daily Life during the Spanish Inquisition, The Spanish Civil War, and Daily Life during the French Revolution.

Daily Life

What was life really like for ordinary people in other cultures throughout history? How did they raise their children? What did they do for fun? From sexual mores in ancient Egypt to resistance music in modern Latin America, and from the fashion sense of the Mongols to the importance of film in modern India, the world comes alive in the indispensable hands-on volumes of this award-winning series. A truly interdisciplinary resource, the Daily Life series covers arts; religion; food; literature; language; romance; rites of passage and coming of age; marriage customs; social and government structure; sickness and cures; warfare; sports and games; holidays; festivals; and more. With direct ties to the curriculum and supported by the most current research, these authoritative volumes are organized in an accessible narrative chapter format, and supplemented with photos, maps, and other ready-reference materials, Daily Life volumes are ideal sources for general readers and students of world history, United States history, social studies, anthropology, religion, literature, arts, and more.

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