Review from hardback edition This is a most enjoyable book. Owen Chadwick, always a generous writer and expansive historian, gives a highly personal and wonderfully ample account of the continental Reformation in its formative period. - English Historical Review
Review from hardback edition ... there is a freshness and spontaneity greatly helped by Chadwick's plain, no-nonsense language and succinct sentences ... The book is often quirky, sometimes slyly humorous, gentle in its cricitism, always humane. Footnoting is sporadic but helpful. - English Historical Review
Review from hardback edition The Early Reformation on the Continent is a book for the inquisitive and patient reader ... one grateful to attend to a learned and genial guide as he explains on the fullness of things that shaped a historical period. - English Historical Review
Review from previous edition engaging, indiosyncratic, fascinating and occasionally infuriating...a provocative and invigorating read - Lucy Wooding, The Tablet
ambitious, insightful, thoughtful and diverse... It is a superb work, full of ideas, devoid of dogmatism, rich in astonishing detail, and immensely interesting. - Lucy Wooding, The Tablet
Review from other book by this author the chief merit of this volume is Chadwick's balance in treating and assessing the issues in a series of dramatic confrontations and the character, strengths, and limitations of the popes and many of the other protagonists. - Joseph A. Komonchak, Theological Studies, March 00, Vol.61, No.1.
quintessential Chadwick: history well researched, attentive to primary sources, covering a wide range of literature, even Italian. He contextualizes the creeping, even galloping centralism that has become characteristic of modern papal governance. Despite his principal preoccupations with church-state issues, he also analyzes properly theological themes. - Michael A. Fahey, S.J., Church History, March 2000, Vol.69, No.1.
a magisterial study. Even what is modestly described as a 'select bibliography' is outstanding. - Michael A. Fahey, S.J. Church History, March 2000, Vol.69, No.1.
Chadwick provides a scholarly but sympathetic picture of the popes who had confronted the problems of secularization, the impositions of nationalism and liberalism, and the loss of the temporal power. - Frank J. Coppa, Jnl of Church & State, Winter 2000.
fair and objective in his assessment of both theological and political issues ... Possessing vast knowledge of the facts, an unerring eye for significant detail, a ready wit, and a facile style, Chadwick reveals a mastery of the Latin, Italian, French, German, English, and Spanish sources, which are listed in the biography. - Frank J. Coppa, Jnl of Church & State, Winter 2000.
A new volume in the Oxford History of the Christian Church, of which the brothers Chadwick are the editors, must be noteworthy, and this one is much to be welcomed ... Professor Chadwick is a prose artist and the book is often delightful to read ... This one is something of a jewel in an already distinguished series; an interpretive study which, even if only the brightest undergraduates will get the best out of it, other scholars cannot but find stimulating and provocative. - John M Roberts, EHR, November 1999
is the most detailed English work to date in this field ... it provides essential background for anyone who wishes to understand the significant political and spiritual contributions made by the papacy in the twentieth century ... This book should remain a standard in the field of papal studies for years to come. - J. Francis Watson, History
wonderful book ... Chadwick's heart is clearly with Pius IX and the account here given of him and his long pontificate of 32 years could be claimed as definitive ... there are twelve fascinating pages on Benedictine history ... It is beautifully written in the best Chadwickian style. - Journal of Theological Studies April 1999
Chadwick brings to his narrative a magisterial knowledge of the literature in every major European language, an unerring instinct for the telling detail that reveals more than pages of analysis, a broad and non-judgemental human sympathy ... Marvellous on the Churches and bishops of France and Germany, fascinating on tensions in Russia and Poland ... the whole book is full of compassion and insight, the mature product of a great and wise historian. - The Tablet
A sympathetic introduction to four popes and their interaction with religion and politics on the mainland in a period of decisive transitions ... Owen Chadwick would have made a wise cardinal and perhaps even a nice pope. His cogent analysis of the electoral process would seem to suggest that we keen an eye out for a retiring Italian diplomat who likes to stay at home, his windows slightly ajar. - Irish Theological Quarterly
Chadwick is always informative, and writes with a sympathetic understanding, even of Pius IX and the Syllabus of Errors, which many a professedly Roman Catholic historian might find it difficult to emulate ... Reading through this text, one cannot but be impressed by the immense range of Professor Chadwick's reading and his knowledge. - Michael J Walsh, Heythrop Journal, Vol 40, no 4, Oct 99