500 years of Reformation: Hannover’s letters of indulgence

The research project of the city archive and Leibniz Universität Hannover

It was the sale of indulgences that the followers of the Reformation criticized most sharply. The notion of redeeming oneself of sin and purgatory by means of payment in order to evade hell collided with the reformists’ belief in a benevolent god and their hopes of reforming the church. Hannover’s city archive, which stores and restores Hanovarian letters of indulgence from pre-Reformation times, has now put these letters at the disposal of students for a research project of Leibniz Universität Hannover's Institute of History.