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A Nearly Infallible History of the Reformation

Commemorating 500 years of Popes, Protestants, Reformers, Radicals and Other Assorted Irritants

By Nick Page

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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

Biographical Notes

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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