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The invention of the printing press


German inventor Johannes Gutenberg (1400–1468) was the first European to develop the mechanical movable type printing press. His invention around 1440 revolutionised the world. It meant the easy reproduction and mass dissemination of the written word, and most notably became the catalyst for the Protestant Reformation’s success and spread as the Bible was printed in common vernacular and distributed among reforming churches throughout Europe.

A paper codex of the acclaimed 42-line Bible, Gutenberg’s major work
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