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It’s arguable that the Reformation – along with much else including “Political Self-Government” – was itself the outcome of the invention of the movable-type printing press half a century earlier. There had, after all, been multiple reform movements within the western church before: Bogomils, Cathars, Hussites, Lollards…, but the church authorities had always managed to suppress them with a local campaign of persecution. Luther’s works, and those of his near-contemporaries, were quickly available to anyone who could read throughout western Europe.