This ancient printing press in the Luther Museum in Worms was helpful in spreading Luther's ideas throughout Europe.
The ideas of the Reformers were spread throughout Europe by means of pamphlets and books. Some have estimated that about six million books were printed between 1450 and 1500. Printing presses existed in most of the cities important to the Reformation such as Augsburg, Basel, Strasbourg, and Wittenberg. In fact, seven print shops operated in Wittenberg in order to keep up with the demand for Lutherís works. Earlier reformers such as Hus and Wycliff had the same ideas as the later reformers, but their works were not circulated as widely as their successors. Thus, without the printing press, the Reformation could not have become such an all-encompassing movement.
© 2004 Mark Gstohl, PhD.