By Water: The Felix Manz Story

Plough Pub. (Heroes of the Radical Reformation: Bk. 1). Mar. 2023. 144p. Tr $19.95. ISBN 9781636080536.
Gr 10 Up–A lesser-known chapter in the history of Protestantism, the story of Felix Manz is an absorbing journey of enlightenment, rebellion, and sacrifice. Sixteenth-century Zurich sets the scene for young Manz, living in the era of Martin Luther, who has already been posing dangerous questions and ideas conflicting with the teachings of the all-powerful Catholic church for several years. Manz’s extensive education has led him to more questions than answers, and his deep dive into theology radicalizes his beliefs to the point of coming into deadly conflict with the religious leaders he once revered. As Manz gathers earnest followers that reject core practices like infant baptism, authorities bear down on these free thinkers with an intensity that will leave its mark on history. As with most graphic nonfiction, this title is successful in giving valuable visual context for an important snapshot of history, though the story is somewhat effusive with characters that are difficult to keep straight. Some mature language marks this more suitable to older teens. The art by Banerjee is gorgeous; evocative of illuminated manuscripts, stained glass, and the mosaics that make up the medieval art of the age.
VERDICT Recommended for libraries with robust circulation in graphic novels and biographies.

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