Excerpt from The Reformation
In preparing a brief sketch of so gigantic a movement as that known as the Reformation, the main task is necessarily that of omission. Persons and facts of significance crowd uponthe historian's attention. But as a selection is imperative, the writer has chosen to treat with relative fulness the initial and formative stages of the Reformation movement and the work of its few preeminent leaders. He has therefore sketched but cursorily the political struggles of the later Reformation age. Those conflicts belong, indeed, to the most picturesque episodes of European history; but they added little to the thoughts and principles which the Reformation represented. They answered the question, how far should the sway of those principles extend.
The plan of this series of volumes provides for a separate treatment of the Anglican Reformation.
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