In the 16th century, majority of the people in Germany were illiterate, meaning that it was difficult to communicate or circulate ideas, as this could only be done by word of mouth. However, growing literacy and the introduction of the printing press, which was invented in the 1400s, provided Luther with an opportunity to spreadContinue reading “Was the Printing Press and growing literacy rates the main reasons for Martin Luther’s widespread support in Germany?”
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Was there resentment towards the Roman Catholic Church in Germany in the early 16th century?
In the years 1500 to 1517, the vulnerability of Germany and the weakness of their government led to their over exploitation by the church, and by extension the Pope. Due to Germany’s feeble government, the Pope was able to instruct and send Princes, who governed individual states, to impose the laws and views of theContinue reading “Was there resentment towards the Roman Catholic Church in Germany in the early 16th century?”
Did Martin Luther’s 95 Theses represent a serious challenge to the Roman Catholic Church?
During the years 1517 to 1520, Luther’s 95 Theses spread rapidly across Germany. The These were originally written as an attack against Johann Tetzel’s selling of Indulgences, which were ‘permits’ that could be purchased from the Church to gain salvation. Obviously you cannot ‘buy’ salvation from God, so Luther clocked on that the Church wasContinue reading “Did Martin Luther’s 95 Theses represent a serious challenge to the Roman Catholic Church?”