A Nearly Infallible History of the Reformation
Commemorating 500 years of Popes, Protestants, Reformers, Radicals and Other Assorted Irritants
By Nick Page
500 years on from the Reformation, Nick Page distils what we really need to know about Luther, Calvin and all those other serious religious types in his usual irreverent but informative style.
500 years ago, Martin Luther nailed his ideas to a church door - and the Reformation began. Or maybe it was a little more complicated than that.
Nick Page brings his skills as an unlicensed historian to bear on this key period in European (and world) history in order to uncover everything you need to know about the Reformation - with a fair few bits you never wanted to know thrown in for good measure.
Historians tell us that the Protestant Reformation laid the foundations for the Industrial Revolution, religious freedom, and all sorts of other Good Things. But what actually happened? Who were the winners and the losers, the ogres and the beauty queens of this key moment in church history? (spoiler: there weren't any beauty queens)
In-depth research, historical analysis and cutting-edge guesswork combine to scintillating effect in this fast-moving examination of the strange and wonderful whirlwind that was church life in late medieval Europe.
'You were predestined to read this.' John Calvin
Prized for his skills as a writer, speaker, unlicensed historian, applied ranter and general information-monger, Nick Page has written over 70 books, including The Tabloid Bible, THE LONGEST WEEK trilogy, A NEARLY INFALLIBLE HISTORY OF CHRISTIANITY, looking at the history of the Christian church down the centuries, and, most recently, THE DARK NIGHT OF THE SHED. Nick lives in Oxfordshire with his wife Claire and their three daughters.
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29 Jun 2017
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Hodder & Stoughton
Nick page is one of the most talented actors, writers and speakers I have been fortunate enough to encounter during the last thirty years. Genuinely funny in his humour, and seriously interesting in his thoughtful, well-researched teaching, Nick is brilliantly versatile. I wish I had half of his talent, but I guess he's just too mean to share it with me. — Adrian Plass
Page writes in a manner which shines light into the darker corners of history and with a style which keeps the reader's attention. — Methodist Recorder
Composed of a plethora of facts... His explanation of what indulgences are is particularly helpful. — The Reformation Room Blog
Nick Page seeks in this book to clear up some of the myths, stories and notions which grew up around the whole event... With great insight, detail and leaving no stone unturned, Page will bring a new understanding to the Reformation whether you like it or not. — Presbyterian Herald
A witty and informative book... Page also breaks down various complex and quite serious areas of the Christian faith and puts them together again in a simpler, jigsaw version of the Reformation... Page finds a balance between funny and fact, making the Reformation of the 16th century more appealing to today's modern Christian. — Idea Magazine
It's an entertaining and informative read. Don't miss is, not least for the Top Reformers cards. — Woman Alive
Would I recommend this book as a good read? YES! — Christian Librarian Magazine