The Age of Reform, 1250-1550

An Intellectual and Religious History of Late Medieval and Reformation Europe

Steven Ozment

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“A masterful . . . intellectual and religious history of late medieval and Reformation Europe.”—Christianity Today

"A learned, humane, and expressive book."—Gerald Strauss, Renaissance Quarterly

The seeds of the swift and sweeping religious movement that reshaped European thought in the 1500s were sown in the late Middle Ages. In this book, Steven Ozment traces the growth and dissemination of dissenting intellectual trends through three centuries to their explosive burgeoning in the Reformations—both Protestant and Catholic—of the sixteenth century. He elucidates with great clarity the complex philosophical and theological issues that inspired antagonistic schools, traditions, and movements from Aquinas to Calvin. This masterly synthesis of the intellectual and religious history of the period illuminates the impact of late medieval ideas on early modern society.

"Clear, careful, well-documented. . . . A superior job."—The Kirkus Reviews

"Soundly argued and lucidly presented. . . . An impressive book that academic and research libraries should have."—Library Journal

"The best one-volume introduction now available to the religious history of western Europe between 1250 and 1550."—Robert M. Kingdon, The Journal of Religion

"A high-level survey of current work on religious thought and practice from the thirteenth to the sixteenth century. . . . Stimulating."—James Muldoon, History

"It is not only a clear and coherent substantive history; it is also an extremely fair-minded discussion of the interpretations and issues involved."—Gordon Leff, The Times Literary Supplement

"As one would expect of Steven Ozment, he has produced a masterful study. . . . An intellectual and religious history of late medieval and Reformation Europe."—Christianity Today

"A learned, humane, and expressive book. It should find a large and responsive readership."—Gerald Strauss, Renaissance Quarterly

"[A] significant contribution to our understanding of the Protestant Reformation."—Kenneth R. Bartlett, Canadian Journal of History

"Ozment's masterly synthesis of the intellectual and religious history of the period 1250-1550 clarifies the impact of late medieval ideas on early modern society. Its appeal derives from its breadth of scholarship and clarity of style. Ozment reviews the current state of research on late medieval intellectual history, explicates the basic ideas of the scholastic, spiritual, and ecclesio-political traditions, and analyzes the impact of these on Protestant reformers."—Choice

"Two features of the [book] make it a valuable resource: the balance of political, ecclesiastical, and intellectual history in one volume . . . and its clear explanations of such complex subjects as Medieval epistemology. . . . As a clear, instructive, and provocative overview of the period, it is ready to be enjoyed."—Scott H. Hendrix, Interpretation

"A book that reveals a strong mind, great learning, and a courageous spirit ready to make a stand and not just assume changeable positions, and it is beautifully written."—Lewis W. Spitz, American Historical Review
ISBN: 9780300027600
Publication Date: September 10, 1981
458 pages, 7 x 10
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