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Luther, Lutheranism and the German
Reformation 1517 ­ 55
Topic 1 ­ The causes of the Reformation in Germany

The state of the Catholic Church in 1517
In 1500, Popes were powerful Italian noblemen. The Popes were not necessarily goodly with
mistresses and orgies. They were more concerned with winning…

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The abuses committed by the church and the heavy taxation by the papacy on German states lead to
hostility towards the Papacy. This was a long term cause of the reformation as Popes going back
several generations had experienced hostility.

On a more local scale there were often anti-clerical feelings.…

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