Luther's Fortress: Martin Luther and His Reformation Under Siege


In 1521, the Catholic Church declared battle on Martin Luther. The German monk had already been excommunicated the yr ahead of, 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 known as for Luther “to be apprehended and punished as a infamous heretic.” The edict was once similar to a loss of life sentence: If Luther was once stuck, he might virtually unavoidably be burned on the stake, his fragile flow overwhelmed, and the nascent Protestant Reformation strangled in its cradle.

In Luther’s Fortress, acclaimed historian James Reston, Jr. describes this significant yet little-known episode in Luther’s existence and divulges its pivotal function in Christian historical past. knowing the chance to their chief, Luther’s fans lively him away to Wartburg fortress, deep in important Germany. There he concealed for the following ten months, as his fate—and that of the Reformation—hung within the stability. but rather than cowering in worry, Luther spent his time at Wartburg strengthening his stream and refining his theology in ways in which might warrantly the survival of Protestantism. He dedicated himself to biblical learn and non secular contemplation; he fought either his papist critics and his personal internal demons (and, legend has it, the satan himself); and he held jointly his fractious and more and more radicalized reform move from afar. in this time Luther additionally crystallized a few of his most vital principles approximately Christianity and translated the recent testomony into German—an accomplishment that, maybe greater than the other, solidified his legacy and unfold his daring new non secular philosophy throughout Europe.

Drawing on Luther’s correspondence, notes, and different writings, Luther’s Fortress offers an earthy, gripping portrait of the Reformation’s architect at this transformational second, revealing him at his best, brave, and profound.

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