The Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse by Andrew Cunningham
Religion, War, Famine and Death in Reformation Europe

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Using the prism of DÜrer's woodcut, the Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse, Andrew Cunningham and Ole Grell offer a new and exciting interpretation of European history in the period 1490 to 1648. DÜrer's image came to characterize the outlook of most early modern Europeans, who saw repeated episodes of war, epidemics and famine as indicating the imminent end of the world. Lavishly illustrated with fascinating contemporary images, The Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse brings together religious, social, military and medical history, giving readers a unique insight into the early modern world. Andrew Cunningham is a Wellcome Trust Senior Research Fellow in the Department of History and Philosophy of Science in the University of Cambridge. His most recent book is The Anatomical Renaissance (1997). Ole Peter Grell is a Lecturer in Early Modern History at the Open University, Milton Keynes. Among his recent books are Calvinist Exiles in Tudor and Stuart England (Scolar Press, 1997) and Paracelsus: The Man and His Reputation (Brill Academic Publishers, 1998). Together the authors have published Health Care and Poor Relief in Protestant Europe 1500-1700 (Routledge, 1997) and Health Care and Poor Relief in Counter-Reformation Europe (Routledge, 1999). Since 1998 they have edited the series History of Medicine in Context published by Ashgate.

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Andy Blackman Hurwitz is a 17- year music veteran with a specialty in jazz. In addition to his own record label, ropeadope, Andy was the head of A&R for Columbia Jazz, the general manager of New Yorks fabled jazz club the Knitting Factory, and the marketing consultant for Blue Note records. Andrew Cunningham graduated top portfolio from the Tyler School of Art in Philadelphia. With a focus on illustrations and painting, his artwork has been featured in East Coast galleries from Boston to New York. Baby Loves Jazz is his first book series. Ole Peter Grell is Reader in History at the Open University. His previous publications include The Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse (as co-author, Cambridge University Press, 2000) and The Impact of the European Reformation: Princes, Clergy and People (as co-editor, 2008).
Published January 1, 2000 by Cambridge University Press. 374 pages
Genres: History, Religion & Spirituality, Travel. Non-fiction

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However, the authors argue compellingly that what made D rer's image resonate so strongly with his contemporaries (and with generations of artists afterward) was that it showed all of the horsemen arriving together, thus unifying the three horsemen representing the crises of war, famine, disease ...

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