Philip Schaff's History of the Christian Church excels at providing an impressive and instructive historical treatment of the Christian church.
This is Volume Volume VII in this series, on the German Reformation, constitutes the first part of this 2-volume unit on The History of the Reformation History of the Christian Church, Modern Christianity – The Swiss Reformation.
Schaff's treatment is comprehensive and in depth, discussing all the major and minor figures, time periods, and movements of the Church. One feature of the “History of the Christian Church”, which readers will immediately notice is just how beautifully written it is, in particular when comparing other texts of a similar nature. Simply put, Schaff's prose is lively and engaging.
Quite often, these works can be grueling and drudgery, yet this effort have been able to make it “history written with heart and soul.” There is no question that this work’s scholarship is highly notated, and is overall an excellent reference/ resource.