Johannes Gutenberg life


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  • Early Life
  • Middle Life
  • Middle life
  • Johannes Gutenberg was born c. 1398 in Mainz, Germany.
  • process for printing press
  • Very likely the boy was taught to read. But the books from which he learned were not like ours; they were written by hand.
  • printing press invented
  • Gutenberg enjoyed reading the manuscripts and block books that his parents and their wealthy friends had; and he often said it was a compassion that only rich people could own books. Finally he determined to contrive some easy and quick way of printing.
  • Gutenberg death
  • He moved to Strasburg, so none of his neighbors new what he was doing. He went back to his old home, Mainz, and there met a rich goldsmith named Fust. Gutenberg told him how hard he had tried in Strasburg to find some way of making books cheaply, and how he had now no more money to carry on his experiments.
  • Printing press was invented around 1439. Between 1450 and 1455, the Gutenberg Bible was completed
  • Johannes Gutenberg died; February 3, 1468. While Gutenberg sadly went without a reward for producing the machine that changed the world, history recognizes him as holding this honor. Without his invention, the Protestant Reformation would not have been possible.
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