Religious Change, 1450 - 1700 | Newberry

Religious Change, 1450-1700 is a multidisciplinary project exploring how religion and print challenged authority, upended society, and made the medieval world modern. The project is generously supported by a grant from The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.

Religious Change and Print, 1450-1700 (Gallery Exhibition)

In Religious Change and Print, 1450-1700 (opening September 14), visitors will see the Reformation through the eyes of the people who experienced the transformations it spread across Europe and the Americas: preachers and teachers, travelers and traders, writers and printers. Featuring more than 150 objects from the Newberry’s collection—from Bibles, tracts, and poems to maps, music, and art—Religious Change and Print will show how the intertwining of religion and print led to realignments of power that even revolutionaries had trouble keeping up with.

The Rite Stuff (Project Blog)

As the official blog for Religious Change, “The Rite Stuff” answers the burning questions at the heart of the project: How did religion and print transform one another and society? Can Martin Luther be considered an “early adopter” of print? Would he have been an avid Twitter user? What’s the deal with hellmouths? The blog also features the voices of the Newberry curators, reference librarians, catalogers, and other staff (as well as outside scholars) whose collaborative work is making Religious Change possible.

Transcribing Faith

Uncover the history of private religion by transcribing and translating early modern religious manuscripts.

Italian Religious Broadsides

Explore how devotion, marketing, art, and typography came together to support public religion in this collection of Italian religious broadsides.

Religious Change and Print Culture in the Reformation

Find digital primary source documents and background material to enhance classroom lessons on early modern religion and print culture.

The 95 Theses: You Won't Believe What #32 Is!

In this episode of the Newberry’s “Shelf Life” podcast, Major Projects Fellow Chris Fletcher discusses what Luther originally hoped to accomplish with the 95 Theses, how he marketed religion to a larger audience, and why he had some regrets after empowering people to read the Bible themselves. 

The 95 Theses: You Won't Believe What #32 Is! by Shelf Life, from the Newberry Library