1st Edition

Revival: The Sixteenth Century (1936)

ISBN 9781138567313
Published January 31, 2019 by Routledge
260 Pages

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Book Description

After turning over tens of thousands of leaves in Latin, French, Italian, German, English, Spanish and Dutch print, one is left with an accumulation of observed phenomena - religious, cultural, literary, psychological - which the mind is forced to coordinate into some sort of general conclusions. As the author has stated in some of the pages which follow this preface, The author was profoundly averse to formulating 'philosophies of history', and though he felt impelled to put in order the impression whihc much reading and pondering have left with him, the author did not pretend to link these impressions into any theory of evolution. There are as many 'ifs' in history as 'therefores'. The phenomena are always interesting, often contradictory, like the strands of thought and behaviour in an individual human being. The author sets down his conclusions for what they are worth - though perhaps, as the Preacher remarks, 'of making many books there is no end, and much study is a weariness of the flesh'. But the sixteenth century was a wonderful time.

Table of Contents


Chapter I On looking Forward and Looking Backward

Chapter II Lost Illusions: The Papacy and The Holy Roman Empire

Chapter III The End of the Fifteenth Century

Chapter IV Man and the Universe in the Sixteenth Century

Chapter V Tendencies and Individuals. The Popes and The King of France

Chapter VI Tendencies and Individuals. Charles V and Philip II

Chapter VII Tendencies and Individuals. Henry VIII of England

Chapter VIII Tendencies and Individuals. Gustavus Vasa and Scandinavian Protestantism

Chapter IX The Opportunists Great and Small. Elizabeth and Catherine De Medici and Others

Chapter X The Turkish Danger, 1520-71

Chapter XI The Wars of the Sixteenth Century: (a) The Italian Wars, (b) The 'Wars of Religion'

Chapter XII The Occult in the Sixteenth Century


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Sir Charles William Chadwick Oman, KBE, FBA was a British military historian. Oman's academic career was interrupted by the First World War, during which he was employed by the government's Press Bureau and the Foreign Office. Oman was the Conservative Member of Parliament for the University of Oxford constituency from 1919 to 1935, and was knighted KBE in the 1920 civilian war honours list.