HISTORY OF THE REFORMATION - NOTE BY THE TRANSLATOR.
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THIS closing volume of the ‘History of the Reformation’ is enriched with a facsimile of the famous Indulgence issued by Pope Leo X., the sale of which by Tetzel in Germany, in 1517, provoked the bold and memorable denunciation of the traffic by Luther in the ninety-five theses which he affixed to the church door of Wittenberg. The facsimile is taken from a copy of the Indulgence very recently acquired by the Trustees of the British Museum. So far as is known, no facsimile has been published before, nor has any previously printed copy possessed the merit of complete accuracy. It has therefore been thought worth while to place an absolutely exact reproduction of so important an historical document within reach of the readers of Merle d’Aubigne’s work, although, by the accident of its recent acquisition, it can only appear in the last instead of the first volume, its most appropriate place.
At the request of the Publishers an interesting statement has been contributed illustrative of one passage in the Bull of Indulgence hitherto somewhat obscure but of remarkable significance. (See Appendix.) A General Index to the eight volumes of this series—’The Reformation in the Time of Calvin’—has been specially prepared by the Translator for the English edition; and it is hoped that this Index will be found sufficiently copious, detailed, and accurate.