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Many critics were angered by the amounts of money the Church made by selling 'indulgences' - a pardon for sin bought with cash. • Martin Luther (1483-1546) was a poor miner's son from Saxony in Germany. As a monk at Wittenberg University, he earned a reputation for his great biblical knowledge. • Luther attacked the sale of ,indulgences' (pardons for sin) by Pope Leo X, who was selling them by the score to raise money to build St Peter's church in Rome. 5t Peter's Basil,m, Rome - the world's Irugest ChristIan church.