Jan Hus Statue
Statue of Jan Hus at the Reformation Monument in Worms.

Reformation Happens

The beginning of the reformation did not occur one cold day when a German monk nailed a revolutionary document to the door of a church in Wittenberg. Its beginning is much more difficult to locate because no single event occurs in a vacuum.

There were influences upon that monk that he probably never considered. Changes in society both political and religious played a role in the dramatic transformation facing the church in the sixteenth century. Neither Martin Luther nor anyone else could have imagined the struggles that the church would encounter as it entered the ìmodernî age.

In order to understand how the reformation would become such an important time in the history of Christianity, one must examine the church and culture prior to the period to determine how the Late Medieval period and the Renaissance period ìprepared the way and made straight the pathsî for the Reformation. Certain practices within the church itself during the Middle Ages would precipitate rebellion against the church and its authorities. Many of the problems associated with the medieval church were a result of the cultural conditions surrounding the church in that period. Thus, in order to better understand the factors that gave rise to the reformation, these factors will be discussed in terms of their relationship to the church. Internal factors such as the great schism and simony impacted the church as well as external or cultural factors stimulated the reformation movement.

Works An Account of the Persecutions in Bohemia Under the Papacy
Persecutions of Waldenses and Albigenses
An Account of the Life and Persecutions of John Wickliffe
Hymns Jesus Christ Our Blessed Savior
Near the Cross was Mary Weeping
Jesus, Refuge of the Weary
O Wondrous Sight
Factors Internal
The Avignon Papacy
The Clergy
Indulgences
The Great Schism
Simony
External
Changing Economy
Feudalism
The Rise of Nations
The Black Plague
Printing Press
Renaissance Humanism
Events Council of Constance (1414-1418)
Council of Pisa
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Jan Hus
Johann Geiler von Kaysersberg
Girolamo Savonarola
Catherine of Siena
Peter Waldo
John of Wessel
John Wycliffe
Francisco Ximenez de Cisneros
Popes
Pope Alexander VI
Pope Innocent VIII
Pope Julius II
Pope Pius III
Pope Sixtus IV