Difference Between Renaissance And Reformation

In the 16th century, new transformations were occurring that would change the lives of people living in Europe. Explorations, inventions, religious movements, and great art and literature of the Renaissance and Reformation were transpiring. Thomas Cromwell, the High Chancellor of England, imposed a new way of life for the English. With not only raising political concerns like taxes and power, Cromwell further commanded the Catholic of England to transition their religion to Protestant, corresponding with himself and Henry VIII. Cromwell demolished monasteries, ripping the Church lands of the people. In response to these intense efforts to transform England into Protestant, the Catholics living in England formed a protest group of marchers known …show more content…
Many other uprisings occurred, such as the German Peasant Revolt, the Catholic Counter Reformation, and the Protestant Reformation. The German Peasant Revolt occurred as a response to Luther ideas including to demand the end of serfdom, tithes and more. This lead to a series of wars known as the Habsburg Valois Wars from 1521 to 1555. Emperor Charles V was forced to give up uniting Germany in Catholicism. As the peasants were basing this off of Luther ideas, he did not support them. Luther did not want to cause trouble, he was just stating ideas. Likewise, Luther demanded the princes to end the rebellion and told the people they shall obey their leader. This is significant because once again a leader, Luther is trying to control the people’s “religious freedom,” much like the opposition trying to control the marchers. The Catholic Counter Reformation took place during the exact time of the Pilgrimage of Grace. Pope Paul III did not implement anything new but did try to reform the church by the use of the existing doctrine. This was Pope Paul’s response to those who were Protestant and those wanting reforms in the church. In the Catholic Counter Reformation the same issue from here and the Pilgrimage of Grace arises again, rulers trying to control people’s freedoms, when they should be more focused on bigger issues in the country. The Protestant Reformation was also growing rapidly in England, which ultimately started the Pilgrimage of Grace. The Protestant Reformation was caused for several reasons, including crises of the Middle Ages, corruption of the Catholic Church, resistance to Charles V as the Holy Roman Emperor, and more. The Reformation was the answer to the clerical abuses in the church, resulting in new the branch of the religion known as Protestant. The community became angry, when in spite of this new religion their leader, Henry VIII,

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