The book of the people: the laity were reading the scriptures before 151718 October 2017 | by Thomas Kaufmann
Luther at 500
In its relationship with the Bible, religious society of the late Middle Ages existed in a kind of self-contradiction, and this was one of the decisive factors driving the Protestant Reformation. On the one hand, the Church hierarchy jealously guarded the clerical privilege of studying and interpreting the Holy Scriptures; on the other hand, translations of the Bible into the vernacular were being widely printed and circulated among the laity.
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