While the Catholic Church maintained its religious authority in Western Europe for centuries, Luther's authority over the Protestant Reformation withered away almost as soon as he nailed his 95 Theses to the church door in Wittenberg. This lesson starts with why the Reformation fragmented so quickly and then looks at the Swiss and English Reformations and the Anabaptists. There is a picture essay on the reign of terror that took place in Munster under the Anabaptists, a group that otherwise was mostly very law abiding, pacifist, and persecuted.
This is a self-contained PowerPoint that develops slide by slide while other notes for the students scroll down the side. It can be run as a timed presentation on its own, presented slide by slide for discussion, or selectively integrated into your other lectures. There are also extensive pictures with captions mixed in to illustrate the lesson and capture students’ interest. This packet also contains a student reading, flowchart, and the author’s own research notes which contain lots of details and interesting trivia to spice up your class.
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