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The Reformation: Changing Europe For Ever

Five hundred years ago, on 31st October, 1517, a young German Professor of Theology, Dr. Martin Luther, pinned his Ninety-five Theses to the door of the Castle Church of Wittenberg, a university town south-west of Berlin.  The target of the Theses was the Papal Indulgences then being hawked around Germany, promising that on payment of a sum of money the Pope would grant not only remission for one’s own sins, but even immediate release from Purgatory for loved ones.  As the popular jingle put it, ‘As soon as the coin in the coffer rings, the soul from Purgatory springs.’

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