Luther attacked the abuses and the authority of the Church in Rome in the sixteenth century and attracted attention throughout Christendom. Luther's writings, along with the earlier ones of Erasmus, gained a foothold with a Spanish people hungry for the truth. The forces of the Church became anxious to suppress what they dreaded as an immediate danger. Thomas M'Crie's scholarly 1829 examination of the rise and persecution of the sixteenth-century Spanish Protestantism was intended as a contribution to the history of that memorable revolution that affected all nations of Europe and indeed the Western World. Makes a case for a Spain free of the religious errors and corruptions that ultimately dried up the resources and poisoned the fountains of a great empire.
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