The Reformation Era

explanatory Essay
860 words
860 words

The Reformation Era Every piece of history is important in some way; as it helped us get here to the present. The Reformation, taking place in the 1500’s, was no different. There were many aspects to this period of time that helped continue the timeline to what it is today. People during this time especially helped in the continuation to the future many had hoped for. Even Catherine of Aragon, former first wife of Henry VIII, had played a part. But the real focus points of this time was the Church, the sects, and the beliefs many held dear. These may be the focus points for good reason, as there were things beyond one’s realm of understanding looming about during this time. This would be the Inquisition, and their secret way of getting …show more content…

In this essay, the author

  • Explains that the reformation, taking place in the 1500s, was no different. the church, sects and beliefs were the real focus points of this time.
  • Explains how henry viii's marriage to catherine of aragon, his first wife, was annulled by the archbishop.
  • Explains that the inquisition was feared from the medieval era to early modern times.
  • Explains that the church published a series of indexes stating various pieces of work that were forbidden to those of catholic faith.

During this time period, the activities of the Inquisition was still playing its part in combating their definition of heresy. To achieve this, they did the unspeakable; tortured those they believed were heretics. The Institution was nothing new to this era. In fact, this organization was feared from the Medieval era to early modern times. Stories describe an Inquisitor, an officer and judge of the Inquisition, striding through heresy infested districts and manifesting fear into anyone who crossed his path. After his visit, a forty day time period was set to grace those who wished to confess their acts of heresy by recanting their faith. When this period was up, those selected were brought to face the Inquisitor. Those who were accused of being a heretic were often taken from their homes in the dead of night and escorted to the Inquisition's prison, also called the holy edifice. There, their untimely despise would soon fall upon those accused, never to see the light from the graves that was the bottom layer of the Inquisition; the dungeons. The Roman Inquisition took a more mild approach due to the Church going through a period of reformation. The Roman Catholic Church confided in the Council of Trent to help suppress the ideology of Protestantism. Pope Paul III established what was called the Holy Office, the final place where the final trials of heresy would …show more content…

Such works includes those written by Martin Luther and his Ninety-Five Thesis. These were to be forbidden to the public due to fact the Church thought they were dangerous to the faith and morals of Roman Catholics. The indexes were made to prevent the contamination of the faith or the corruption of the morals through reading what they branded were immoral books. The series of indexes were published for a wide amount of time; from the early 1500’s to the mid 1900’s. The twentieth edition, the last index, was published in 1948. Time came when the list was finally suppressed by the Church in June of 1966 and was abolished by Pope Paul

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