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Reformation period in English Literature


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Reformation period in English Literature

  1. 1. R E F O R M AT I O N P E R I O D 1 6 TH A N D 1 7 TH C E N T U RY
  2. 2. HISTORY The protestant reformation was a 16th century split within western Christianity initiated by Martin Luther ,john Calvin and other early protestants.
  3. 3. MARTIN LUTHER The real foundation of reformation was laid by Martin Luther in 1517, when his book ‘The Ninety-five Theses’ got published.
  4. 4. HENRY VIII The marriage of Anne Boleyn with Henry the eighth wasthe great cause of formation of Protestant Church.
  5. 5. T R A N S L AT I O N O F T H E B I B L E I N ENGLISH.
  6. 6. WILLIAM TYNDALE His services for promotion of Christianity reveals that he was great reformer of the 16th century in England.
  7. 7. EDMUND SPENSER 1552-1599 His book ‘The Faerie Queen’ Reveals that he was extremely and zealous critical of Roman Catholicism.
  8. 8. ERASMUS ROTERODAMUS 1466-1536 Erasmus remained Committed to reform theCatholic Church from within through his writings.
  9. 9. SIR THOMAS MORE Sir Thomas More’s ‘Utopia’ is the image of Island where all religions are authorized and Tolerance is the law.
  11. 11. MERITS The decline of feudalism and the rise of common law. The circulation of Bible. The transmission of new knowledge and ideas. The invention of printing machine. The discovery of America.
  12. 12. DEMERITS The abolition of papal authority started disputes withincommunities, which led to violence and radical challenge to all formsof faith. During the reign of King Edward VI, disputes started between thegovernment and perishes over Church property.
  13. 13. CONCLUSION In short, reformation was the start of intellectual progress.It awoke sleeping man and filled the minds with pureChristianity. It abolished papal authority and corruption ofclerics. Also political powers were given to the House ofCommons.