Category: Reformation

Martin Luther’s wife, Katharina von Bora, was once a nun about whom most people knew little. In the months leading up to the Reformation’s 500th anniversary, she has become a major focus for scholars and historical novelists. I’ll mention just a few of the recent books: Katie Luther, First Lady of the Reformation: The Unconventional Read More

As the world commemorates Martin Luther’s posting of his 95 Theses on a church door 500 years ago, it’s worth pausing to consider the Reformation’s consequences, then and now. A short video focuses especially on how Germany is remembering Luther and the Reformation: http://www.dw.com/en/arts21-luther-and-500-years-of-reformation/av-41104526 Read More

Who deserves credit or blame for launching the Protestant Reformation? Most people would probably name Martin Luther, but Professor Angus Cameron begs to differ. In a recent article, he argues that Jakob Fugger, a cloth merchant turned banker in Augsburg, fueled the Reformation by providing a loan that enabled Albrecht of Brandenburg to pay the Read More

I’m delighted to announce that my debut novel, Lucia’s Renaissance, will launch tomorrow, October 24th, as an eBook: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B076GKJY2V The paperback version is also now available on Amazon. What does this novel have to do with Martin Luther and the Reformation? Without Luther, the Reformation wouldn’t have happened when and as it did. Without Luther’s Read More

Perhaps you’ve already made a pilgrimage to the Luther sites and wish to extend your celebration, or maybe a visit doesn’t fit into your schedule or budget. Either way, you’re in luck! Several other options allow you to commemorate the 500th anniversary year of the Reformation in the U.S. and even from the comfort of Read More

Lucas Cranach the Elder’s workshop – The Bridgeman Art Library, Object 329428, Public Domain. In 1517, a chasm developed between Martin Luther and the Roman Church on matters of theology and church practices—a gap that became so wide that the Church likely would have executed Luther for heresy if he had lived in Italy. Wars Read More

In a 1520 letter to Pope Leo, Martin Luther said he was not so foolish as to attack Pope Leo X, whom everybody praises. How did this cultured Renaissance pope and patron of the arts become Luther’s archenemy? Giovanni de’ Medici (the future Leo X) took after his father, Florence’s Lorenzo the Magnificent, who appreciated Read More

Which location has ties to the Reformation? Germany is the obvious answer, with many cities and towns where Luther lived and traveled (Eisleben, Erfurt, Wittenberg, Worms, and Coburg, to name a few). Although Germany celebrates and hosts the Reformation’s 500th anniversary, the movement to reform or move away from the Church of Rome extended far Read More

When Desiderius Erasmus, a Dutch scholar and former monk, wrote The Praise of Folly in 1509, he satirized his world and called on bishops and popes to follow the example of Christ. The young Martin Luther may have seen Erasmus as a kindred spirit in his call for reform of the Church. After Erasmus published Read More

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