How did the age of enlightenment influence the revolutionaries of the late 1700s and early 1800s?
The Enlightenment was the period where religion was thrown aside and reasoning took control. At the time, the authority was mainly the church. THey controlled decisions such as taxes and laws, meaning they had almost complete power. When people began to rely less on religion, the church shot back. One group was called the Inquisistion. They would take people like Copernicus and Galileo and make them recant their studies. This led to revolts that at the time did nothing, but eventually sparked revolutions.