Protestant satire of catholicism  

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During the Renaissance, protestants used satire and parody to ridicule Catholicism.

Other examples of Protestant satire include Apologie pour Herodote (1566, English: The Apology of Herodotus) by French printer and classical scholar Henri Estienne and the Papstesel, a satirical pamphlet published by Martin Luther and Philipp Melanchthon with a woodcut of the same name.

In Rabelais and His World Mikhail Bakhtin states that "Protestant satire is the heir to grotesque realism. It debases the Catholic church and its rituals by bringing them down to the lower bodily stratum symbolized by food and kitchen" (tr. Hélène Iswolsky).

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