NQ Scottish History


By the time of the Reformation, the Catholic Church in Scotland was in a position of great power. It owned land, which it rented out, and it collected taxes. This had led to its infiltration by nobles who were far more interested in the material rewards that church positions offered than the spiritual ones. 

Those who opposed what they perceived to be the church’s corruption and excessive wealth became known as Protestants. Their goal was to reform the way Christianity was practised, in particular the notion that wealthy individuals could donate possessions to offset their sins.

  • Stained-glass window showing John Knox giving a sermon to a crowd

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The Reformation in Europe

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