The Reformation: Its History and Legacy (December 2017)

This essay first appeared in the December 2017 issue of Choice (volume 55 | issue 4).


This year, 2017, marks the 500-year anniversary of the beginning of the European Reformation. Triggered by the protests of German monk Martin Luther over the sale of indulgences in the Church, this religious dispute created an avalanche of responses and counter-responses that in time fractured medieval Christendom into competing theological camps. What follows is a systematic list of major works on the Reformation focusing on general histories, the movement’s theological and intellectual framework, women and the Reformation, regional studies, biographical sources on major reformers, and the legacy of the Reformation. The body of Reformation literature is enormous and the nature …

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About the author:

Matthew Hill is currently an adjunct professor of history at Columbia International University and an online history instructor at Liberty University.