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adjectives, verbs deferred or widely separated from complements) as to defy easy reading and sometimes to slip away from idiomatic or intelligible English altogether. Note e.g. the first sentence on p. 1246 (intelligible in the 1st edition; broken in the 3rd), or the remarkable one-sentence paragraph on pp. 4-5 or the even larger two-sentence paragraph on p. 12. So: an immensely valuable book, but one to be used cautiously and enjoyed as much as an in-progress 'pardon our mess' scholarly jumble as a tidy finished work.
Reformation, with much that is new, exciting and compelling in scholarship and inquiry, I don't know how one could begin to understand the complexities of this period without having Professor Williams's book on the subject. It would be comparable to trying to understand the World Wide Web without knowing anything about computers. All of us who care about The Radical Reformation are indebted to Professor Williams, who is currently the Hollis Professor Emeritus at Harvard.