The Reformation in England

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Before Martin Luther, and before Europe had undergone the Reformation, the people of this area felt a sense of disaster arising among them. A number of problems within the Catholic Church attributed to these catastrophic feelings that the people were facing. Society had also played a major role in the opinions that were developing among the general public. Due to varying religious attitudes in Europe both before and during the Reformation, much commotion including minor and radical religious movements began to occur; however, not all of Europe had embraced the Reformation in the same manner.

A great deal of Europe's population during this time period began to question the traditional teaching and spiritual practices of the church. This uncertainty was brought about after Columbus had proved that the ancient myth of the world being flat was actually completely incorrect, and in turn the world was truly spherical in shape. The people now began to wonder whether or not they ought to rely on ancient beliefs on other issues, including religion.

Because so many now doubted the Catholic Church, both laity and clerics began to seek the truth about religious teachings. The laity was in search of a church that was more divine, and would give them a right to be heard. Not only did the weakness of the papacy add to the negative attitudes of the people towards the Catholic Church, but so did the new knowledge that was becoming increasingly available to the public. New technology, such as the printing press, amplified the quantity of information at their fingertips. As literacy was becoming more and more common among citizens, and leaders were beginning to gain a sense of newfound power, a profound interest in a variety of new ideas arose in Europe.

The Reformation brought about great...