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  • Luther: Martin Luther Posts His Theses

    World History → Protestant Reformation → Martin Luther's 95 Theses
    Martin Luther nails his 95 Theses to the city notice board. The theses, which started the Reformation, challenge the practices of the Catholic church and widely-held beliefs. The 95 Theses spread rapidly throughout Europe, earning Luther many supporters and opponents.

  • Luther: Selling Indulgences

    World History → Protestant Reformation → Indulgences
    World History → Protestant Reformation → Martin Luther in Rome
    World History → Protestant Reformation → Printing Press
    Tetzel warns German peasants of the horrors of hellfire and claims they can be avoided for a price. This offends Martin Luther, who goes on to challenge the practice of selling indulgences.

  • Luther: Here I Stand

    World History → Protestant Reformation → Martin Luther Trial
    Martin Luther is summoned to defend himself against charges of heresy. During the trial, he claims ownership of his writing then explains its two purposes. The first is to describe Christian faith and life. The second purpose is to explicitly state ways in which the Pope does not abide by the doctrine he preaches. Martin Luther is asked to recant his writings and refuses to do so.

  • Luther: Martin Luther Visits Rome

    History → Ancient Rome → Culture
    World History → Protestant Reformation → Indulgences
    Martin Luther visits Rome and is shocked at what he finds: immorality, commodification, and insincerity. He climbs the large staircase to the House of Pilate, believing the superstition that it will release his father from pergatory. However, he is not sold on the superstition once he reaches the top. The more of the city of Rome that he sees, the more he dislikes it.