In the Reformation of the sixteenth century Protestants across
Europe demanded the reform of the doctrine and the administration
of the Roman Catholic Church. They questioned the traditional
teachings of the Church and rejected the authority of the
Pope in Rome over their own churches.
With the help of some of Europe's rulers the Catholic Church
tried to suppress the new heresy.
Protestants found their own support among Kings and Princes.
In the last thirty years of the sixteenth century Europe was
consumed by bitter and bloody religious wars.
A Prospect of the Most Famous Parts of the
World, by John Speed (1631). Royal Geographical Society
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