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Heretics and Believers

A History of the English Reformation
Narrated by: Napoleon Ryan
Length: 35 hrs and 38 mins
Categories: History, European
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Centuries on, what the Reformation was and what it accomplished remain deeply contentious. Peter Marshall's sweeping new history argues that 16th-century England was a society neither desperate for nor allergic to change, but one open to ideas of "reform" in various competing guises. King Henry VIII wanted an orderly, uniform Reformation, but his actions opened a Pandora's Box from which pluralism and diversity flowed and rooted themselves in English life.

With sensitivity to individual experience as well as masterfully synthesizing historical and institutional developments, Marshall frames the perceptions and actions of people great and small, from monarchs and bishops to ordinary families and ecclesiastics, against a backdrop of profound change that altered the meanings of "religion" itself. This engaging history reveals what was really at stake in the overthrow of Catholic culture and the reshaping of the English Church.

©2017 Peter Marshall (P)2018 Tantor

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A heavy read but well worth it.

If you are looking for a general overview of the English Reformation then this book isn't for you. It covers a relatively narrow era of English history but explains in great detail how the English Reformation is unique compared to the greater Protestant Reformation of Europe. If you're a student of history then you will not be dissatisfied with this book.

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well researched but with significant gaps

A comprehensive and well researched analysis of the English Reformation. However it suffers from too narrow a focus with too much emphasis on the clergy and policy makers of the time and very little on the faith of the common people. It glosses or summarises too briefly the violence that ensued and its consequences. It does not touch on the English Reformation's most famous export, the american colonists. Overall the book's heavy reliance on primary sources is to be commended but I recommend it solely for those studying history and theology.

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How not to Read a Book Aloud

The worst reader I've ever heard on Audible. He cares far more for the sound of his own voice than he does about conveying the meaning of what he is reading.

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I believe in the context of this book!

Well written, researched and delivered. May the world understand why Henry chose to break with the Pope and become the head of the church. No it was not just the kings great problem!

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  • Campesque
  • 07-30-18

The best book on the subject I have read.

I have read several books on the subject of the Reformation, and this one is by far the best. The author presents the facts, and the characters involved, in a completely impartial light - very unusual when it comes to this particular subject matter. The story is told with wry humour, perfect in the context of our very particularly English Reformation. I didn't want this thought provoking book to end. The parallels with our modern post-EU Referendum society are striking. Napoleon Ryan's narration is perfect and makes very easy listening.

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  • Janice
  • 01-06-19

Interesting audible book

Very interesting and informative. Struggled with the narrator. Liked how he changed his tone when referring to referenced narrative. Disliked his overall/general narration. Sorry to say he sounded like he was computer-generated.

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  • steve v
  • 05-28-19

Person who reads the book is terrible

Person who reads the book is terrible, too annoying to listen to, so I didn't

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  • organza bag buyer
  • 03-22-19

Dreadful narration

Narration so poor I had to give up. Tortured vowels, emulating Donald Sinden, very actorly with little sense of what was being conveyed.

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