"Towards the end of the Middle Ages, as the Popes became less able to hold western Christendom together, cries for reform sounded throughout northern Europe. To reform the exactions of churchmen, to reform errors of doctrine, and to reform the morals of society - these three became the confused aims of what are loosely called the Reformation and the Counter-Reformation. Western Europe split into a Catholic south, bound by a tradition which was codified at the Council of Trent, and a Protestant north which sought to test all religious authority by the open Bible. Across the no-man's-land between them were fought the bitterest wars of religion in Christian history, until gradually the modern religious map of Europe took shape. In this volume of The Pelican History of the Church, Professor Owen Chadwick deals with the formative work of Erasmus, Luther, Zwingli, Calvin, with the special circumstances of the English Reformation, and with the Jesuits and the Counter-Reformation."
Book in very good condition.