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Print and Dissent

In the sixteenth century, Mannocchio, a miller in Italy began to read books and re-interpreted the message of the Bible and formulated a view of God and Creation that enraged the Roman Catholic Church. For his work, the Roman Catholic Church executed him.

The Roman Church was troubled by the effects of popular readings and questionings of faith. It imposed severe controls over publishers and booksellers as well as maintained an ‘Index of Prohibited Books’ from 1558. 

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