Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

City Centre Tour Reveals Impact of Reformation; FIND OUT HOW CHURCH REVOLUTION AFFECTED RICH AND POOR

Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

City Centre Tour Reveals Impact of Reformation; FIND OUT HOW CHURCH REVOLUTION AFFECTED RICH AND POOR

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Byline: TONY HENDERSON Environment editor ec.news@ncjmedia.co.uk @Hendrover

EVENTS in Germany 500 years ago were to have a major impact on life in faraway North East England.

This year marks the 500th anniver sary of German friar and Professor of Theology Martin Luther triggering the European Reformation as he opposed what he saw as corruption in the Cath olic Church.

Tomorrow, a guided tour will set off to plot the impact of the Reformation on Newcastle and its citizens.

Led by Newcastle City Guides, the event starts at Grey's Monument at 2.30pm and finishes at the Guildhall at 4pm. The tour costs PS4/PS3. Devised by city guide and former city council leader Tony Flynn, the route visits religious buildings and sites, including friaries, parish churches and cathedrals and explores the political, economic and religious implications of the Reformation in Newcastle.

Henry VIII eventually followed Luth er's example in breaking with Rome and established the Church of England.

"The Reformation had a huge impact on Newcastle. It caused a great upheaval," said Tony.

For nearly 300 years, until the Catho lic Emancipation Act of 1829, Catholics and non-conformists became second class citizens under penal laws pre venting them from taking a full part in society as they were banned from the professions and public life.

The major impact of the Reformation in Newcastle was felt with the dissolu tion of religious houses - five friaries and a nunnery were closed and sold to wealthy Newcastle merchants. …

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