"Students will most likely find this book to be an easy read, and will appreciate the lack of detailed theological discussions. Chapter 4 in particular, with its sections on daily life, is fascinating and will engage most college students. More advanced students will also benefit from the good survey of recent works on Reformation history."
"Bravo to this slim and elegant book, the latest in Cambridge's series, "new Approaches to European History", that offers a balanced and nutritious mixing of Reformation scholarship, using traditional ingredients spiced up with new theories, resulting in an original and fresh preparation to tempt palates away from the traditional staple of political and theological histories." The International History Review R. Po-chia Hsia, Pennsylvania State University
This is one of the most tantalising questions in history: How could the Protestant Reformation take off from a tiny town in the middle of Saxony? Martin Luther founded a religion which up to this day determines many people's lives in intimate ways, and so did Jean Calvin one generation later. This is the first book which uses the approaches of the new cultural history to envisage Reformation Europe. It also provides a unique and lively discussion of Protestant everyday culture across Europe.