Will Durant

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Narrated By: Stefan Rudnicki

Duration: 2 days, 2 hours and 8 minutes

What to expect

An engrossing volume on the European Reformation by Pulitzer Prize–winning historian Will Durant

The sixth volume of Durant's acclaimed Story of Civilization, The Reformation chronicles the history of European civilization from 1300 to 1564. In this masterful work, listeners will encounter

the schism within the Roman Catholic Church and the formation of early Protestantism; the theology of Martin Luther and his societal impact; the rise of Humanism and the life of Desiderius Erasmus; the royal monarchies of England, France, Spain, and Italy; the imperial conquests of Christopher Columbus and the discovery of the Americas; the Bohemian revolution of Eastern Europe, the unification of Russia, and the rise of the Ottoman Empire; the teachings of John Calvin; andthe Counter-Reformation of the sixteenth century.


Social and cultural history, General and world history, European history, Middle Eastern history

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“Durant’s monumental history of Europe from 1300 to 1564 presents a narrator with great challenges, but Stefan Rudnicki lives up to them. His strong, endlessly listenable voice helps keep one’s interest over the long haul, and his care with and understanding of the text help lead one through dense passages that are often laden with foreign words or strings of difficult names in French, Russian, or Arabic. Given the difficulty and complexity of the material, Rudnicki does a remarkable job. His pacing, energy, and expression of sense and feeling help bring the book alive. That it doesn’t grow tiresome is due to his rich, intelligent reading as much as to Durant’s erudition and style.”