A History of the Reformation in the 16th CenturyA 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.
- Preface and Book 1
- Book 2 – The Youth, Conversion and Early Labors of Luther (1488-1517)
- Book 3 – The Indulgences and the Theses (1517-May, 1518)
- Book 4 – Luther Before the Legate (May to December 1518)
- Book 5 – The Leipsic Disputation (1519)
- Book 6 – The Papal Bull (1520)
- Book 7 – The Diet of Worms (1521, January to May)
- Book 8 – The Swiss (1484-1522)
- Book 9 – First Reforms (1521-1522)
- Book 10 – Agitation, Reverses and Progress (1522-1526)
- Book 11 – Switzerland – Germany (1523-1527)
- Book 12 – The French (1500-1526)
- Book 13 – The Protest and the Conference (1526-1529)
- Book 14 – The Augsburg Confession (1530)
- Book 15 – Switzerland – Conquests (1526-1530)
- Book 16 – Switzerland – Catastrophe (1528-1531)
- Book 17 – England Before the Reformation
- Book 18 – The Revival of the Church
- Book 19 – The English New Testament and the Court of Rome
- Book 20 – The Two Divorces
The Reformation Made Easy, a History of the Reformation in a concise format by Dr. C. Matthew McMahon
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