why was the protestant reformation successful?

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Because they were up on the new tech of the day. Printing presses and so on, you could get your message to people and in the vernacular too - particularly important in Germanic speaking countries. No need to go through a possibly corrupt Latin speaking priest to commune with God.

Politically it was about less hierarchy and one based on national churches not giving money to rich foreigners. The sharp elbowed ascendant powers of the time all went Protestant presumably because they felt they were the ones paying for everyone else?
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Internal politics of the Holy Roman Empire and the Catholic Church. Basically the initial reformation was a disagreement within the Catholic Church between those who put the Bible above the Church and those who put the Church above the Bible. Then states within the Holy Roman Empire saw it as an opportunity to break with Roman and gain greater independence within the Holy Roman Empire. The Protestant states of Europe are Britain, Holland, Northern German states, Denmark, Norway and Sweden. All states who at the time were under the thumb of the more powerful states in Austria, France and Spain. This is why it happened.

It was successful because the people who put the Bible above the Church were willing murder Catholics and keep doing so. I often say Protestantism is the most violent religion on earth because it is. Protestantism was forged on this willingness to commit immoral acts of violence to maintain the faith and the power which was gained with the break from Rome. In the end it was a stalemate and the Catholics couldn't have a military victory against people will to do the same to them. Of course there was a religious aspect people truly believed the holy words of the bible and that the Church went against many things within the Bible because it did. But as I always say in the end people don't matter, institutions do. The reformation was about power within Europe and was successful for that reason.
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