Q.2:- Why did some people fear the effect of easily available printed books? Choose one example from Europe and one from India.
Not everyone welcomed printed books and those who did, also had fear about them. Many were of the opinion that printed words and the wider circulation of books, would have a negative impact on people’s minds. They feared that if there was no control over what was printed and read, then rebellious and irreligious thoughts might gain importance.
There was also fear in the minds of scholars that the authority of ‘valuable’ literature would be destroyed. The new print medium was criticized by religious authorities and monarchs, as well as by writers and artists.
Let us consider the implication of this in one sphere of life in Europe regarding religion. Martin Luther was a German monk, priest, professor and a church reformer, He wrote ninety five theses in 1517 and openly criticized many of the practices and rituals of the Roman Catholic church.