FORERUNNERS OF THE REFORMATION by Heiko Augustinus Oberman

FORERUNNERS OF THE REFORMATION

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KIRKUS REVIEW

Oberman, professor of ecclesiastical history at Harvard University, examines in this work the evolution of Christian thought in the fourteenth and fifteenth centuries, particularly as manifested in such pre-Reformation crosscurrents as conciliarism, curialism, mysticism, the various schools of scholasticism, the Devotio Moderna and, finally, the humanism of the Renaissance. Professor Oberman's method is to illustrate the period between the High Middle Ages and the Reformation by means of germane, copious, and well integrated texts drawn from the writings of, among others, Jan Hus, Pius II, Cajetanus, and Erasmus. It would be difficult to overestimate the value of this work both for the graduate and undergraduate student of history or of theology or, for that matter, for the cultivated general reader interested in the intellectual history of mankind. It is a magnificent source book as well as a major work of original historiography which commends itself to the reader as much by reason of its eminent readability as by its impeccable scholarship.

Pub Date: Aug. 30th, 1966
ISBN: 0227170458
Publisher: Holt, Rinehart & Winston