*This book is the third in Bella D'Abrera's historical
trilogy, with the preceding volumes, 'The King With A Pope In His Belly' and
'Papists, Spaniards And Other Strangers' also available from Fidelity Books.*
Bella d’Abrera is a London-based historian with specialist
expertise in the history of the Catholic Church, the relationship between Church
and State, and religious dissent in society. In 2003 she was awarded a Ph.D. in
History from the University of Cambridge.
She also has an M.A. in Spanish from the University
of St Andrews and a B.A. in History
and Spanish from Monash University,
“She draws upon impeccable sources to challenge conventional
assumptions about this turbulent period in the history of England.
She makes the persuasive argument that far from being being a popular uprising,
the Reformation was a social and cultural revolution imposed by the State with
violent force upon the populace. 1500 years of Catholic culture was uprooted
and replaced with a New Order based upon the revolutionary principles which had
been introduced by Martin Luther into Germany.
These principles were adopted by self-interested princes, deputies, and
like-minded autocrats throughout Europe and became the
direct cause of religious and social upheaval in those countries where they
Dr d’Abrera manages to bring to life the key events and
conflicts of the time by exploring the thoughts and motivations of the
protagonists. She exposes the many examples of human fallibilities and
contrasts these with acts of unspeakable bravery and heroism. Her style is akin
to journalistic reportage, and her books are both compact and welcomingly
accessible to the non-historian.”
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