Growing up the token Protestant at Catholic school, and also having aced the European History AP exam once upon a time, I felt like I got a good foundation on the history of the Reformation.
But suddenly I realize I've gotten hazy on it, and in fact have no real understanding of pretty much anything that happened in Europe from 1500-1789 or so. Some keywords are lodged in my brain: the Thirty Years' War, Treaty of Westphalia, ninety-five theses, Ulrich Zwingli, New Model Army, but otherwise, nothing. I also find that I have a piss-poor grasp of German geography, and only the remotest concept of what the Holy Roman Empire was even about.
I'm looking for historical material on the Reformation. I'm not terribly concerned with theology -- I'm not religious and to be frank I think my block on the history of all this is partially due to learning about it in religion-based courses in parochial schools. Books, documentaries, particularly comprehensive podcasts, and really any non-fiction media recommendations would be wonderful.
If it's books, in terms of history I have loved: Fatal Shore
, The Embarrassment Of Riches
, A Distant Mirror
, and almost everything Mark Kurlansky has done. I can deal with stuff on the heavy side, but I'm not that interested in primary sources or things that are going to be actively difficult to make my way through.
Resources on the Reformation: give me them!
(FWIW I big part of this noticed lack is the recent Hardcore History podcast on the Munster Rebellion. So it would be great if everyone didn't chime in that I should check that out.)