Essay on The Reformation Of The Keys By Ronald F. Scott Dixon

1079 Words Nov 10th, 2016 5 Pages
The Reformation was a 15th and 16th century crusade that took place throughout Europe as an effort to restructure the Catholic Church and the Papacy. At this point in time, Germany was a crucial centerpiece in Europe because, although it was not yet a unified nation, it was the crossroads of many important trade routes, and the core of the Holy Roman Empire (Dixon 3). Additionally, Martin Luther, the man credited with starting the Reformation, was from Germany. The first book discussed in this review essay will be The Reformation in Germany by C. Scott Dixon, a historian who studied at St. Andrews University and now teaches at Queen’s University of Belfast (Dixon). The second book discussed will be The Reformation of the Keys by Ronald K. Rittgers, a history professor at Yale Divinity School (Rittgers). Both books address the political and social impacts of the Reformation on the German people; Dixon’s book is a general overview of the effects of the Reformation on all classes of German society, while Rittgers’ book is a detailed case study of how the city of Nuremberg was involved in, and affected by the Reformation. On the eve of the Reformation, there was a burgeoning sense of nationalism among the provinces, which developed from the common feeling, among all classes in Germany, of dissatisfaction with the Church’s authority over and manipulation of secular affairs in Germany. The German Reformation began in 1517, when Martin Luther, an Augustinian monk and professor at…

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