The Reformation in England

The Reformation in England

The Reformation in England

The Reformation in England

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ALL SAINTS' EVE, 1517, and Dr. Martin Luther of the order of Hermits of St. Augustine, sub-prior of their monastery of Wittenberg in Saxony, professor of Sacred Scripture in the town's newly-founded university,1 has been attending to his own contribution to the morrow's celebrations. All Saints' Day is, at Wittenberg, the patfonal feast of the castle church which serves, at the same time, as the church of the university. It is the day when the Elector's great collection of relics is shown for veneration, and pilgrims crowd in from all over his dominions to gain the indulgences with which, at his petition, the popes have enriched this local cult. At Jutenborg, ten miles away, and beyond the frontier, there has just arrived the caravan of John Tetzel, a Friar Preacher, commissioned by the Archbishop of Mainz to preach the new indulgences put out by the pope, Leo X, in aid of the rebuilding of St. Peter's church at Rome.

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