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The Reformation

History in an Hour
Narrated by: Jonathan Keeble
Length: 1 hr and 18 mins
Categories: History, British
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Love history? Know your stuff with History in an Hour.

©2012 Edward A. Gosselin (P)2012 HarperColins Publishers Limited

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Not a good history of the Reformation

The performance was fine, but the history was lacking in objectivity. You could tell that from the selection of personal details on Luther and particularly Calvin, in that these personal details cast these two major figures in a very, perhaps unjustifiable, light. I did, however appreciate the correction of the record on Zwingle's death, he did not die with a battle-ax in his hand, but kneeling over a falling solder after the Battle of Kepple had ended. That was useful and helpful.
None of the reformers were perfect (as they would be the first to tell you), and they lived in a brutal and violent age, very different to our own. It is misleading to assess them according to the standards of our own age. I felt that at times this history did just that.

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  • N
  • 06-04-2018

Very easy to understand and follow

Very easy to understand and follow. I love the narration and the chronological history telling.

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  • J and D Giles
  • 26-02-2018

great summary.

Life is too shoet to spend too much time on the detaila of gistoey. This a great summary of the Reformation.

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  • Kenneth
  • 20-09-2015

WELL EXPLAINED! Complex content explained well.

Would you listen to The Reformation again? Why?

Yes, it lays out what's important very clearly.

What did you like best about this story?

Calvin was well explained.

What does Jonathan Keeble bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

Yes. And he reads very well.

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

n/a

Any additional comments?

Nicely done!

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  • Ian
  • 11-10-2018

Too much in an hour

Given this was history in an hour, i found it far too complicated with dates thrown in left right and centre.

I’m not studying the subject, the aim of these quick short bursts of information is to gain a good understanding, the content here was far more than i wanted or indeed needed which is a shame as most in this series are good in delivering an overview in an hour.

If you like dates (and you will get lots in an hour), then this is for you.

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  • Ms. M. Klien
  • 02-01-2017

intrigue

love history, narrated well, informative, would like information of sources, where evidence is archived. Important for facts and historically evidenced based.

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  • Highlight
  • 12-02-2016

Excellent Account of The Reformation

There is enough information in this one hour draft to sweeten anyone with an interest or educational project. From start to finish we are given a clear concise over-all of the difficult times when Religion ruled Europe.

Clearly narrated smooth and precise with just enough eagerness to keep the storyline interesting to the very end. If anything; you are left thinking how you could listen for another hour.

So well done are these one hour accounts that you look forward to listening gain as there is so much information to absorb.

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  • Swordfish
  • 13-04-2013

Informative and simple

I enjoyed listening to this book, it was everything I wanted from it, a brief history of the Reformation, simple and informative.