Fortress Press

A Reformation Reader: Primary Texts with Introductions, Second Edition

A Reformation Reader

Primary Texts with Introductions, Second Edition

Denis R. Janz (Editor)


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Although deeply political, economic, and social, the European Reformations of the sixteenth century were at heart religious disputes over core Christian theological issues. Denis Janz's A Reformation Reader is unabashed in its generous selection of key theological and related texts from five distinct Reformation sites. Along with plenty on the late-medieval background, the Lutheran, Calvinist, Radical, English, and Catholic Reformations are all well-represented here.

Janz's selection of more than 100 carefully edited primary documents captures the energy and moment of that tumultuous time. The new edition incorporates a dozen readings by and about women in the Reformation, adds a new chapter on Thomas Müntzer and the Peasants' War, and adds illuminating graphics.

  • Publisher Fortress Press
  • Format Paperback
  • ISBN 9780800663100
  • eBook ISBN 9781451406504
  • Dimensions 7 x 9.25
  • Pages 472
  • Publication Date August 15, 2008


"The best one-volume primary-source collection available for students of the European reformations. The selections are substantial enough to sustain serious study and discussion, whether the topic is key religious texts or the thoughtful reactions of urban men and women. Ideal for one-semester surveys."
— Mark U. Edwards Jr.,
Harvard Divinity School

"The diverse voices, experiences, issues, and personalities that shaped the European reformations in various contexts are expertly lifted up in this stellar collection of theologically pertinent texts from men and women. An excellent teaching tool and a gem of a potable Reformation library that brings an international community of readers into firsthand contact with the fathers and mothers of the 'reformed' Protestant and Catholic Christianity."
—Kristi Stjerna
Lutheran Theological Seminary at Gettysburg, Pennsylvania


  Chapter 1;   Adobe Acrobat Document
  Introduction;   Adobe Acrobat Document
  Table of Contents;   Adobe Acrobat Document
  Glossary of Reformation Terms;   Adobe Acrobat Document
  Sample Syllabus History/Religion;   Adobe Acrobat Document
  Sample Syllabus Humanities;   Adobe Acrobat Document
  Sample Syllabus Religion;   Adobe Acrobat Document

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  Research Guide;   Adobe Acrobat Document
  Chapter Summaries and Study Guide;   Adobe Acrobat Document

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