Luther could read Latin, Greek and Hebrew. Luther was a German Priest. Martin Luther began the Reformation Movement in 1517. Martin Luther presented his ’95 theses’ on a church door in Wittenburg in 1517.When Henry VIII came to the throne, he was a devout Catholic and defended the Church against Protestants. Henry VIII did not agree with their views. In the 16th century most people were Roman Catholic and the Pope in Rome was the head of all the Christian Church. Many laws were passed about religion. These were passed by Kings and Queens who wanted to make people follow the same religion that they did. The Bible was only written in Latin. England started as a Catholic country and ended up being a Protestant one under the Tudors. People wanted to make their own choices abut how the worshipped.
Martin Luther believed that the Catholic Church was not teaching people the right things. People should not be able to read the Bible for themselves. It should only be available in Latin by Priests. The leaders of the church were greedy and used fear to make the people conform (obey). In the Tudor times, people believed Priest had the power to take sins away. The Pope was a corrupt and greedy man. People would pay a Priest for and indulgence so that’s they would spend less time in Purgatory. All church services were held in Latin.