A History of the Reformation in the 16th Century

A Summary by C. Matthew McMahon

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A History of the Reformation

Originally published in 1872, by G.P. Putnam & Sons in New York, D’Aubigne’s 1000 work on the Reformation is a masterful and scholarly work. When the idea of writing this historical account first occurred to D’Aubigne, he stated that he was young, and felt strongly impelled to give a narrative of the wonderful works that God had wrought for Christendom in the Sixteenth Century. He earnestly desired that it should glorify God and he felt that the Holy Spirit, which then worked in so many hearts, might again manifest His power, and bring to God some souls as yet unacquainted with His saving strength. In addition to the spiritual significance of his work, D’Aubigne was deeply concerned about historical accuracy. He researched both public and private libraries and deciphered many manuscripts of the Sixteenth Century many of which were unknown until he made use of them.

I’ve made a shorter, more manageable historical sketch of the key and principle characters and events of the Reformation in the 16th century. This is a summary of the immense work done by D’Aubigne. The summary runs about 240 pages. It is divided into “books” following D’Aubigne’s outline of the Reformation.

Bible Verse:

“For the lips of a priest should keep knowledge, And people should seek the law from his mouth; For he is the messenger of the LORD of hosts,” (Malachi 2:7).

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