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New exhibition on The Reformation opens at John Rylands Library

12 Sep 2017

Explore our exhibition and see a rare copy of Luther’s 95 theses, as well as a letter handwritten by Luther himself


A monk who shattered the strength of the Catholic Church, a monarch who wanted to take more than one wife, a society that put sin up for sale – and the power of the printed word to challenge it all. Our latest exhibition reveals a series of events that changed the course of history forever.

The Reformation invites you to journey through these tumultuous times. Find out how Luther’s work led to the splintering of the Catholic Church in England. Learn how Henry VIII’s attempts to divorce led to him overthrowing the Catholic Church and electing himself head of the Church of England. And discover why William Tyndale’s translation of the bible into English is still felt in the language we speak today. 

The exhibition is open from 7 September until 4 March 2018.

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