Church and Society in 16th century Europe

Michael Tunnicliffe

This year marks the 500th anniversary of Martin Luther’s “protest” when he nailed his 95 theses to the door of Wittenberg Church. What were the issues in medieval Catholicism that led to this protest, and why did Luther succeed where earlier reformers had failed? His actions sparked a reformation that split Europe and Christendom creating separate Lutheran and reformed churches ain the north with southern Europe remaining Catholic under the Counter Reformation. Meanwhile even more radical voices emerged. This course explores the impact on Europe in the 16th century and will be followed by courses on Tudor England in the spring and Stuart Britain in the summer.

Recommended reading        

  • Diarmid MacCollough Europe’s House Divided (Penguin 2004)
  •   “              “               All Things Made New: Writings on the Reformation (Allan Lane 2016)
  • Lyndal Roper Martin Luther (Vintage 2017)
  • Bruce Gordon Calvin (Yale University Press 2011)
  • Martin Jones The Counter Reformation (Cambridge University Press 2010)

Day: Tuesdays       Time: 13.00-15.00

5 meetings, starting 26th September to 5th December 2017

Birch Community Centre,
Brighton Grove,
M14 5JT

Price Concessions Minimum No. Maximum No.
£76.80 n/a 8 20

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Michael Tunnicliffe, 5 St.George’s Way, Northwich, CW9 8XG phone: 01606 42116  email:

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