This engaging narrative history introduces readers to the central features and main developments of sixteenth-century Europe. The author's account of the major events of the age - political and religious conflicts, statebuilding, and exploration - creates a vivid sense of how it would have been to live in this tumultuous century. Events are seen within the context of the cultural, physical and intellectual environment at the time, and considered from the point of view of both Europe's elites and the broader spectrum of peoples. In tracing them, the author also provides an up-to-date synthesis of recent scholarly research written from many different approaches, and covering the whole European continent. The book is written specifically for students coming to the study of this topic for the first time and assumes no prior knowledge of the period covered. It is particularly suitable for use on survey courses, since the fifteen chapters are designed to correspond to a fifteen-week semester course.
Andrew Pettegree is Professor of Modern History at the University of St Andrew's and Director of the St Andrew's Reformation Studies Institute. He has published widely on sixteenth-century history, the English and European Reformations, and the history of the Book, including most recently a survey of The Reformation World (2000).
Acknowledgements. Table of Contents. List of Maps and Tables. List of Illustrations. 1. Time and Space: Living in Sixteenth-Century Europe. 2. Europe in 1500: Political Organization. 3. The Struggle for Italy. 4. The Winds of Change. 5. The Reformation. 6. Charles V and the Defense of Catholic Europe. 7. The Age of Religious War. 8. The French Wars of Religion. 9. The Dutch Revolt. 10. The Making of Protestant Britain. 11. Philip II and the Resolution of the Reformation Conflict. 12. New Worlds. 13. Eastern Europe. 14. Culture. 15. Europe in 1600. Appendix: List of Major Rulers.