following are a few of the major events that occurred in Europe
during the Reformation.
Mainz: Johannes Gutenberg
perfected his printing
press in 1440. The new press was used to print Luther’s newly
The reformers in Zurich as
well as Menno Simons used this invention to
spread their teachings.
Rotterdam: Erasmus 1466-1536, a
emphasized the literal study and reinterpretation of the Bible from
sources. He provided the intellectual basis for the Reformation.
Wittenberg: Luther nailed his
ninety-five thesis to the Castle Church door
in 1517. He reasserted
what Wycliff and Huss had tried to teach more than a century earlier.
Worms: Luther defended his
teachings before Charles
V in 1521.
Prague: The Thirty
Years’ War began in 1618.