This bestselling, seminal book - a general survey of Europe in the era of `Rennaisance and Reformation' - was originally published in Denys Hay's famous Series, `A General History of Europe'.
It looks at sixteenth-century Europe as a complex but interconnected whole, rather than as a mosaic of separate states. The authors explore its different aspects through the various political structures of the age - empires, monarchies, city-republics - and how they functioned and related to one another. A strength of the book remains the space it devotes to the growing importance of town-life in the sixteenth century, and to the economic background of political change.
List of genealogical charts.List of maps.List of figures.Preface to the second edition.1. Introduction.2. The sources.3. Economic life.4. Social life.5. Towns and cities.6. Christianity, popular culture and humanism.7. The Reformation.8. A continued Reformation.9. The catholic Reformation.10. Empires.11. The monarchies.12. Western Europe in the age of Philip II.