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Europe in Renaissance and Reformation 1453-1660

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Europe in Renaissance and Reformation 1453-1660 is a comprehensive and detailed overview of the historical period from 1453 to 1660 in Europe. Mary A. Hollings provides a thorough examination of the significant events, key figures, and cultural developments that shaped this era.

The author’s writing style is clear and engaging, making complex historical concepts accessible to readers. Hollings skillfully weaves together political, social, and cultural history to provide a well-rounded understanding of the Renaissance and Reformation periods. The inclusion of primary source documents and images further enhances the reader’s experience and allows for a deeper exploration of the material.

One of the book’s strengths is its focus on the interconnectedness of events and ideas across Europe during this time. Hollings discusses the impact of the Renaissance on the Protestant Reformation and the role of religious conflicts in shaping the political landscape. Additionally, the author explores the emergence of new artistic styles, scientific discoveries, and philosophical movements that defined the period.

Overall, Europe in Renaissance and Reformation 1453-1660 is a valuable resource for students, scholars, and anyone interested in learning more about this dynamic period in European history. Hollings’ thorough research and insightful analysis make this book a must-read for anyone seeking a comprehensive understanding of the Renaissance and Reformation.

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In a small space the Oxford-educated historian, Mary Hollings, provides a panoramic view of a tumultuous age. We meet Cesare Borgia and Savonarola, the universal spider, Louis XI, Henry IV, France's best-beloved king, Sweden’s wise and courageous Queen Christina, and great generals, like Albrecht von Wallenstein and Gustavus Adolphus. The twin ideals of imperial unity and of one true church led to two centuries of unremitting warfare from the fertile plains of Italy, through the alpine passes, across France, the Netherlands, the German states, to Poland and Bohemia. In the end Spain has begun her decline, Italy and the Holy Roman Empire are in fragments, and France, thanks to the incomparable statesmanship of Richelieu, is the ascendant power.

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