Ch 16: Overview of the Reformation Across Europe

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Review this chapter to enhance your understanding of the Reformation across Europe. The video lessons will familiarize you with the Reformation, include key figures and its impact.

Overview of the Reformation Across Europe

These lessons address the full range of the Reformation. You'll look at topics including the rise of vernacular language and the decline of Latin, as well as the beliefs and practices of the Catholic Church before the Reformation. After completing the chapter, you should be able to produce a timeline of the English Reformation, contrast the Anabaptists and Antitrinitarians, and summarize the Reformation and the Peasant Wars' impact on Germany. Going through the entire chapter can also ensure you are able to:

  • Discuss the spread of the Protestant Reformation across Europe
  • Analyze how the religious reform and Calvin and Zwingli's teachings during Reformation affected Switzerland
  • Detail the French wars of religion
  • Characterize the mercenaries and outline the Sack of Rome
  • Explain Tycho Brahe and Copernicus' beliefs about the universe
  • Examine Ivan the Terrible's role in shaping Russia
  • Recall how the Council of Trent allowed the Catholic church to survive the Reformation
  • Demonstrate an understanding of life after the Reformation and Protestant influence on society

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13 Lessons in Chapter 16: Overview of the Reformation Across Europe
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The Rise of the Vernacular and the Decline of Latin

1. The Rise of the Vernacular and the Decline of Latin

This lesson explains how Latin was widespread in Europe during the Roman Empire as well as how vernacular languages slowly replaced it. It also reviews how the Romance languages developed.

The Catholic Church Before the Reformation: Beliefs and Practices

2. The Catholic Church Before the Reformation: Beliefs and Practices

In 1500 C.E. the Roman Catholic Church was a very powerful institution in the West. Watch this video to learn how the Church maintained its power by teaching that salvation could only be earned by those who received the sacraments and performed good works.

The English Reformation: History and Timeline

3. The English Reformation: History and Timeline

In this lesson, we will examine the English Reformation of the 16th century. Using a timeline, we will explore its motivations, major leaders, and development.

Radical Reformation: Anabaptists and Antitrinitarians

4. Radical Reformation: Anabaptists and Antitrinitarians

In this lesson, we will study a few of the Christian sects that took the Reformation to extremes. We will focus especially on the origins, development, and doctrines of the Anabaptists and Antitrinitarians.

The Reformation's Impact on Germany: The Peasant Wars

5. The Reformation's Impact on Germany: The Peasant Wars

The Reformation was a time when Christianity was split into Catholicism and Protestantism. This lesson explores the major changes brought about by the Reformation in Germany in the 16th century.

The Spread of the Protestant Reformation Across Europe

6. The Spread of the Protestant Reformation Across Europe

In the 16th century, Martin Luther inspired people to believe that the Catholic Church shouldn't hold authority over laypeople. This lesson explores the spread of these Protestant ideas throughout Europe.

Religious Reform in Switzerland: Calvin & Zwingli's Teachings in the Reformation

7. Religious Reform in Switzerland: Calvin & Zwingli's Teachings in the Reformation

The Protestant Reformation resulted in many people splitting from the Catholic Church. This lesson explores the effect of the Reformation in Switzerland under the leadership of Zwingli and Calvin.

The French Wars of Religion: Catholics vs. the Huguenots

8. The French Wars of Religion: Catholics vs. the Huguenots

The Protestant Reformation was so popular and controversial in Europe that it sometimes led to war. This lesson explores the violent effect of the Reformation in France as war erupted between the Catholics and the Protestants.

Mercenaries and the Sack of Rome

9. Mercenaries and the Sack of Rome

Politics led Charles de Bourbon, a rich French Duke, to flee his country to fight for his cousin, the Holy Roman Emperor. This lesson explains how financing and the use of mercenaries by Bourbon led to the sack of Rome in 1527.

Tycho Brahe and Copernicus Take On the Known Universe

10. Tycho Brahe and Copernicus Take On the Known Universe

Astronomy according to Ptolemy was the popular theory until Copernicus turned it on its head. This lesson explores the theories of Copernicus and Brahe and how the two changed astronomical study.

Ivan the Terrible and the Making of Russia

11. Ivan the Terrible and the Making of Russia

Ivan the Terrible was a great but violent leader. Despite his intelligence, he was prone to violent outbursts. This lesson explores his life and the effects of his reign on Russia.

The Council of Trent: The Catholic Church Survives the Reformation

12. The Council of Trent: The Catholic Church Survives the Reformation

The Protestant Reformation was a movement of Christians who disagreed with some of the teachings and actions of the Catholic Church. This article explores the effect of the Reformation on the Church.

Life After the Reformation & Protestant Influence on Society

13. Life After the Reformation & Protestant Influence on Society

The Protestant Reformation was a huge movement that led to many Christians splitting from the Catholic Church. This lesson explores the after effects on families, education and social life.

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