Reviews

“To my knowledge, there is no other comparably comprehensive survey of the period that so clearly and effectively brings all the latest scholarship to bear. The level of detail is amazing but never overwhelming, and even familiar stories–the Reformation, European expansion, the rise of the New Science–are told in new and fascinating ways. Mark Greengrass does a fantastic job showing how uncertain and open-ended the experience of this tumultuous period was to those who lived through it, without confusing the reader. In particular, readers will learn an enormous amount about where “Europe” came from, and the struggles Europeans have always had in defining their local and collective identities. Geographically and culturally, Mark Greengrass provides an exceedingly broad context, not just across the Atlantic but on the often-neglected eastern and southern edges of the European subcontinent. I envy his erudition almost as much as his clarity of vision.”

Professor Jotham Parsons,
Associate Professor
Department of History
Duquesne University
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania


“Christendom Destroyed is a magnificent achievement. Engagingly written, remarkably comprehensive in scope, impeccable in its scholarship, it should find a wide readership which will be rewarded with a new understanding of one of the most decisive eras in European history. There are insights on every page. Mark Greengrass brings his deep learning and light touch to a period that now bears the mark of his strong and convincing interpretation.”

Robert A. Schneider
Professor of History
Indiana University
Bloomington, Indiana


“Composed in four countries (three of them in the European Union), Mark Greengrass’s contribution to this series offers an unusually wide-angled panorama of European history from Luther to the Peace of Westphalia, seasoned with a plethora of richly-illustratve and often unfamiliar illustrations. While some centripetal concepts vanished in this era, an emergent Europe composed of composite states acquired decisive global advantages through scientific breakthroughs and overseas empires.”

E. William Monter
Professor of History
NorthwesternUniversity
Evanston, Illinois


“This book, the product of a high standard of creative historical scholarship founded on years of study of archival and literary evidence by a much respected observer of the sixteenth-century scene, reflects a fine grasp of the outcome of modern research and research methods. It is Mark Greengrass’ achievement to have imposed upon his subject a sense of order which draws the reader along, while underlining the disparate nature and diverse geographical origins of the evidence, which emphasise(s) that there was no single “Reformation experience”. He may be commended, too, for having written a book which, by illustrating human situations and predicaments, places men and women centre stage, while recognising the importance of ideas and their influence upon the world of the time. It is characteristics such as these which earn the book the five stars which it surely deserves.”

Christopher Allmand
The Tablet (15 September 2014)