1517 - Pope Leo X sent priests to collect indulgences.
Thank you for your payment! Now you are free from sin!
1517-Martin Luther created the 95 Theses
Who did this? How dare they?
1521- Martin Luther is excommunicated
That's it! Martin Luther is a heretic! He is officially excommunicated from the Roman Catholic Church!
Pope Leo X needed money to build St.Peter's Basilica. To get the money, Pope Leo X made the priests go around and collect indulgences. This infuriated many clergy.
1521-Diet of Worms
Obey the Church and stand down!
Martin Luther, a priest, didn't like the corruption in the Church so he created a list of 95 theses and posted them on the Church door. Theses are criticisms.
The Church needs to change its ways!
Martin Luther had started a rebellion against the Church's ways. Because of this , the pope excommunicated Martin Luther.
1555- Peace of Augsburg
Peace has been declared!
The government summons Martin Luther to justify his beliefs. The government orders Martin Luther to stop his rebellion, Martin Luther refuses.
I refuse! I stand by my beliefs!
The peasants were split between Martin Luther's beliefs and the Church's teachings. To the peasants' surprise, Martin Luther sided with the Church. Martin Luther thought that violence was not the answer. This began a series of religious wars.
No, the Church is always right!
After many years of religious wars, peace is declared. The Peace of Augsburg states that princes can decide if their people follow Lutheranism or Catholicism.