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Five Leading Reformers

Lives at a Watershed of History

Christopher Catherwood
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Christopher Catherwood summarises the lives of Martin Luther, John Calvin, Ulrich Zwingli, Thomas Cranmer and John Knox. He unlocks the motivation, the power and drive that pushed these men to risk their position, their livelihoods and their lives.

Christopher Catherwood

About Christopher Catherwood

Christopher Catherwood is Martyn Lloyd–Jones’ grandson. He has taught 20th century and church history at the Cambridge–based INSTEP programme and is an Associate of Churchill College, Cambridge.


  • Author: Christopher Catherwood
  • Release Date: March 2010
  • Pages: 208
  • Format: Trade paperback
  • Dimensions: 198 x 130
  • ISBN: 9781845505530
  • Imprint: Christian Focus
  • Category: History & Biography > Biography > Biography & Autobiography
  • Series: Biography


This is a vigorous insider's account of five churchmen and theologians prominent in the movement that transformed the face of Christendom. The author emphasises especially the political dimension of the reformation, and with it the emancipation of lay people. He corrects caricatures, without portraying plaster saints. This is a religious biography with a message for today, lest we forget.

David Wright, (1937-2008) Senior Lecturer in Ecclesiastical History, New College, University of Edinburgh

Christopher Catherwood's fluent style brings out the broad sweep of a spiritual movement which transcended national barriers and has left a permanent mark on Europe and in the wider world. He shows how five men of very different personality and outlook could all be caught up in the same experience of a life transformed by the power of God. The portraits are painted "warts and all" but the message is clear - God can and does use the weak and imperfect things of this world to proclaim his message of salvation in Christ to all who believe.

Gerald Bray, Research Professor, Beeson Divinity School at Samford University, Birmingham, Alabama
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