Week 3 Project Blog

When I first starting looking up the details on the very first printing press by Johannes Gutenberg, I found out a great deal of information.  According to James Burke’s Connections, the printing press became Gutenberg’s life.  Gutenberg’s bible was made over time, with a page being printed every few hours.  It had 290 different characters to use, which did not make the task any easier.

Gutenberg’s invention had a huge impact upon Martin Luther, a German Priest who lived during the Protestant Reformation.  According to Martin Brecht, Martin Luther’s 95 Theses that was displayed at the Castle Church in Wittenberg, Germany, was translated from Latin to German and spread across Germany.  Even though the 95 Theses did decline feudalism and increase commercialism, the impact of printed copies around Germany was undiscribable.  Luther’s sermons were printed and spread all across Europe, which lead to the rise in his popularity.

Nowadays, we have television, internet, magazines, newspapers, radio, and serveral other sources that can be used to popularize or condemn anything that is heard or seen.  However, 500 years ago, this was not the case.  Martin Luther is known for being a very strong preacher, but he is also known for being one of the first non-political leaders to gain a strong following.  His popularity reached unimaginable limits while he was alive, which was unprecedented in the 1500’s.  His emotion had the ability to jump out of its pages, and with the help of the printing press, his words spoke volumes across the continent.

The funny thing is that it was Luther’s friends who recopied the 95 Theses.  Had they not, who knows when the printing press would have shown its true potential…

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