The Reformation

The Reformation was a period of religious change that occurred during the renaissance period in Europe (1517 – 1648)

Through understanding the underlying motivations / ethos of the renaissance, one can better understand the intellectual, emotional and causal elements of the Reformation. As in the renaissance, technologies and other elements of historical context contributed to the reformation’s occurrence.

Text Resource Re: the Printing Press and Reformation: Printing Press and Reformation

Understanding the significance of the Printing press: A comparative analysis: The Printing Press Examined

Primary Source: Luther’s 95 Theses

Khan Academy Page Summarizing the Reformation 

Analyzing the reformation as insight into conflict: Conflict and the Reformation

Europe was divided by religion during the 16th and 17th centuries. Some of the motivation of conflict was certainly fueled by intrinsic faith and passionate belief in the “right way to God” — Protestantism or Catholicism — however another major motivation was simply power, money and land. Three things that were in essence on and the same at this time in europe.


The Peace of Augsburgh 
Peace of Westphalia 
St. Bartholomew Day Massacre: Catholics Killing Protestants in France (1572)

The Catholic Response and the Council of Trent (1545): Council of Trent

The Reformation in Summary: Understanding through teamwork: The Reformation Analyzed and Understood