Martin Luther was born in Eisleben, Germany is 1483. He was an educated scholar, a spiritual person and he wanted to become a lawyer. One day Martin got caught in a terrible lighting storm and he promised God that he would become and monk if he lived through the storm. He survived and kept his promise.
I am excommunicating you Martin
Martin Luther studied as a monk, and discovered that the Catholic Church were corrupt and dishonest. Martin argued with the leaders of the church because they were selling indulgences and Martin thought this was wrong.
Latin to German?
Because Martin thought this was wrong, he wrote a letter with 95 reasons why he was unhappy with the church. He then nailed the letter (known as the 95 theses) on the doors of the church. Not soon later, many people agreed with Martin and supported his point.
Prodestant Reformation and Religion
The leaders of the Catholic Church were now angry with Martin and the People decided to excommunicate him. Martin then went hiding so he wouldn't get killed and soon he started his own church called the Lutheran Church in 1521.
The Lutheran Church believed many things that the Catholic Church believed. Martin Luther studied the bible and translated it from Latin to German. He wanted everyone to be able to read and understand the bible.
After the bible translation, in 1517 Martin Luther created and started the protestant reformation and religion. The reformation is still remembered in Catholic and Lutheran churches today.