Highlands Ranch High School - Mr. Sedivy
Highlands Ranch, Colorado
World History -
The Most Important Invention
of the Renaissance
The Printing Press
The printing press was invented by Johann Gutenburg,
a German, in the 1450s. The printing press allowed the Renaissance
to spread because it made new ideas available to a much larger audience.
More books were written in the vernacular, rather than in Latin.
Johann Gutenberg inspects a printed sheet that has
just come off his new press.
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Johann Gutenberg (1395 - 1468)
Johann Gutenberg was a German goldsmith. In his day, people slowly
copied books by hand or printed them from wooden blocks where each
letter of every page had to be carved separately. Gutenberg learned
to make metal letters that he called "type." He could
pick up the letters and place them in rows to build pages. Each
page was held together by a frame. Gutenberg fixed the frame to
a press and pressed the inky surface of his type onto sheets of
paper. Gutenberg's movable type helped him to make copies of books
faster and more cheaply than ever before. Despite the importance
of his achievenent, he never made much money from it.
One of Gutenberg's first books was a Bible, printed
in Latin in 1455.
1. What Was the Renaissance?
2. Personalities of the Italian
3. Renaissance Art
4. The Protestant Reformation
5. Calvinism, Anglicanism, and
King Henry VIII
6. Renaissance and Reformation
7. Most Important Invention of
The Life, Art, Anatomical Studies, and
Inventions of Leonardo da Vinci
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Historical Periods of
World History Class Study
| Mesopotamia & Phoenicians |
| Ancient Egypt | Greece
| Rome |
| Medieval History | The
| Exploration | National
| The Scientific Revolution and the Enlightenment
| Colonial America and American Revolution
| The French Revolution and the Napoleonic Era