In 1517, Martin Luther nailed his Ninety-Five Theses on the door of the castle church in Wittenburg. These theses were propositions, written in Latin, that Luther would be prepared to debate with anyone who was willing to debate with him. In these theses Luther targeted the practice of indulgences as well as those who promoted … Continue reading Did Martin Luther think the Pope didn’t know what the preachers of indulgences were saying?
The condition of the Catholic church on the eve of the Protestant reformation was mixed. Piety and lukewarmness existed alongside each other. People were more attracted to the more dramatic aspects of religion, such as the arrival of popular preachers, high masses on important feast days, feast days of patron saints, and pilgrimages to the … Continue reading The Catholic Church on the Eve of the Protestant reformation & Martin Luther’s 95 Theses
In Geoffrey Chaucer’s book, The Canterbury Tales, Chaucer inserts a collection of stories he puts in the mouth of various travelers going south for a pilgrimage. One of these tales was “The Pardoner’s Tale” A Pardoner is someone who grants indulgences to others. The Pardoner told a story of three men who lived a riotous … Continue reading Did the Old Man represent Death in the Pardoner’s Tale?