LUTHER'S FORTRESS


LUTHER'S FORTRESS

JAMES RESTON    Book Number: 86160    Product format: Hardback

Martin Luther and his Reformation Under Siege is the topic of the book by the author of Warriors of God. In 1521, the Catholic Church declared war on Martin Luther. The German monk had already been excommunicated the year before after nailing his Ninety-Five Theses which accused the church of rampant corruption to the door of a Saxon church. Now the Holy Roman Emperor Charles V called for Luther 'to be apprehended and punished as a notorious heretic.' The edict was akin to a death sentence and if caught Luther would almost inevitably be burned at the stake and his fragile movement crushed and the Protestant Revolution strangled. Realising the danger to their leader, Luther's followers spirited him away to Wartburg Castle, deep in central Germany, and there he hid for the next ten months as his fate and that of the Reformation hung in the balance. Luther spent his time strengthening his movement and refining his theology in ways that would guarantee the survival of Protestantism. He devoted himself to biblical study and spiritual contemplation, fought his Papist critics and his inner demons, and legend has it the devil himself. He crystallised some of his most significant ideas about Christianity and translated the New Testament into German, solidifying his legacy as he spread his bold new religious philosophy across Europe. The book draws on his correspondence, notes and other writings to reveal the man at his most productive, courageous and profound. 260pp, map and illus.
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