An overview of the European world from the late - 15th to the mid - 17th century. From Columbus's discovery of the New World to the grisly beheading of England's Charles I, the Reformation was a period of restless exploration, and often blood, religious, and political protest. Martin Luther, William Shakespeare, Queen Elizabeth, and the Italian astronomer, Galileo, are among the historic figures vividly described in this richly illustrated text. Challenging map exercises and provocative review questions encourage meaningful reflection and historical analysis. Tests and answer keys included.