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Religious warfare in Europe, 1400-1536
Housley, Norman.
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Oxford ; New York : Oxford University Press, [2002]

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viii, 238 pages ; 25 cm
The subject : religious warfare in the late Middle Ages and early Reformation -- A crucible of religious warfare : Bohemia during the Hussite wars, 1400-1436 -- The Christian commonwealth of Europe, 1436-1536 -- The assembling of authority : scripture, messainic individuals, and symbols -- The three Turks -- The critique of religious war -- Conclusion : perspectives.
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Religious warfare has been a recurrent feature of European history. Norman Housley's readable and intelligent new study examines the spectrum of conflicts waged in God's name in the period from the Later Crusades to the early Reformation, making an important contribution to both areas of research. Professor Housley explores the interaction between Crusade and religious war in the broader sense, and argues that the religious violence of the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries sprang from deeply rooted proclivities within European society.

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Norman Housley is a Professor of History, University of Leicester.

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The inspiration for this work was Housley's The Later Crusades, 1274-1580 (CH, Apr'93). Religious Warfare is equally scholarly and insightful. Housley (Univ. of Leicester) examines the principal expressions of holy war from the Hussite Wars to the first generation of the Reformation. In particular, he focuses on conceptions of religious warfare and highlights the various ways they were transformed throughout the period. By offering various geographical case studies, Housley illustrates how the crusading ideal was shaped by internal and external factors. Crusading exerted an influence on the development of a national messianic ideal that tapped into the persisting chivalric ideal in Portugal and the royal obligation of the Reconquista in Castile. In both the Hussite Wars (especially Tabor 1419-20) and Anabaptist Munster (1534-5), religious warfare was voiced by sectarian apocalypticism. Religious warfare helped to foster national messianic consciences during the Hundred Years' War in both England and France. Housley's work is eminently readable and extremely well researched. ^BSumming Up: Highly recommended. Upper-division undergraduates and above. A. G. Traver Southeastern Louisiana University

Table of Contents

1 Religious Warfare in the Late Middle Ages and Early Reformation
2 A Crucible of Religious Warfare: Bohemia during the Hussite Wars 1400-1437
3 The Christian Commonwealth of Europe 1437-1536
4 The Assembling of Authority: Scripture, Messianic Individuals, and Symbols
5 the Three Turks
6 The Critique of Religious War
7 Conclusion: Perspectives