Without the literary and artistic developments of the 14th and 15th centuries, would the religious reforms of the 16th have been possible? Without the political development of the earlier centuries, would the events of these later centuries have been possible? And why did religious reform have to end in a long, brutal war (est. 8,000,000 dead by some scholars)? Was that politics or religion...?
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We cannot consider religious reforms of the 16th century separately from all the multifaceted developments, including literary and artistic ones, of the preceding period. The new literary and artistic freedom of the Renaissance epoch was instrumental in broadening intellectual horizons, demands, and opportunities of a European. Since religion was an integral part of life at that time, it also had to undergo a change. More specifically, the Renaissance made it possible to argue about and disagree over things that previously had been monopolized by the Catholic church....
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