Ignatius of Loyola surrounded by divine light

Week 3: The Counter-Reformation


The Renaissance in Europe

Primary Source Readings

Your assigned readings are the next section of this module, Primary Readings, and the detailed description of assignment requirements are in the Dropbox folder for this week's Primary Source Reading.

This semester, you will read two primary sources every other week. The topic of each reading set relates to the subjects that we will be studying in the history of Western Civilization. I have selected two readings for every topic that contrast and conflict one another.

Watch the Following Supplemental Videos

  1. Introduction to the Protestant Reformation: The Counter-Reformation [Enter key starts video]
    Learn about the Catholic response to the Protestant Reformation. Created by Beth Harris and Steven Zucker.

  2. The Renaissance: Was it a Thing? [Enter key starts video]
    In which John Green teaches you about the European Renaissance. European learning changed the world in the 15th and 16th century, but was it a cultural revolution, or an evolution? We'd argue that any cultural shift that occurs over a couple of hundred years isn't too overwhelming to the people who live through it. In retrospect though, the cultural bloom in Europe during this time was pretty impressive. In addition to investigating what caused the Renaissance and who benefited from the changes that occurred, John will tell you just how the Ninja Turtles got mixed up in all this. Created by EcoGeek.
old map of the world from 1795

Intro text is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License.

"Introduction to the Protestant Reformation: The Counter-Reformation" and "The Renaissance: Was it a Thing? " are licensed under the Standard YouTube license.

"Ignatius van Loyola omgeven door goddelijk licht, Hieronymus Wierix, 1611 - 1615" from the Rijksmuseum is a public domain image / Derivative of original (cropped and added border) by Paula Borchardt, Pima Community College.

"Map of the World from the best authorities" from the Library of Congress, Geography and Map Division is a public domain image / Derivative of original (added border) by Paula Borchardt, Pima Community College.