Peter Marshall’s Heretics & Believers, winner of the 2018 Wolfson Prize for History, offers an all-encompassing new interpretation of the English Reformation. Marshall frames the actions of people great and small against a background of profound and often violent change.
“Appearing on the 500th anniversary of Martin Luther’s launching of the European Reformation in Wittenberg, this is a sweeping retelling of what we thought was a familiar story. How wrong we were. Covering every level of the lived experience of the Reformation, from the policymakers to the ordinary parishioners in the Tudor countryside, Peter Marshall shows how Henry VIII’s actions opened a Pandora’s box from which violent confrontation and religious diversity emerged to shape the destiny of modern England” (Sir Richard Evans).
Heretics & Believers is a must read for anyone eager to discover how the Reformation shook England to its core and altered the nature of the country.