Luther's Wittenberg World: The Reformer's Family, Friends, Followers, and Foes

Luther's Wittenberg World: The Reformer's Family, Friends, Followers, and Foes

by Robert Kolb


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Luther's Wittenberg World: The Reformer's Family, Friends, Followers, and Foes by Robert Kolb

In conversations about the Reformation, the name Martin Luther towers above all others. And rightly so. His work, vision, and writings set Christianity on a course of events that would forever change the way that most believers live and understand their faith. And yet, the Reformation was far more than Martin Luther. Around Luther were hundreds of people - fellow teachers and priests, politicians, artists, printers, and spouses - without whose activity and work the Reformation would have progressed much differently. These women and men make up Luther's Wittenberg world, and there is much to be learned from engaging their work. In this monumental work, Robert Kolb introduces us to those individuals. Engaging and informative essays on the social, political, and economic realities of the sixteenth century frame brief introductions to over two hundred supporting "cast members" whose lives played out around Martin Luther. Comprehensively illustrated, with maps, bibliographies, and other resources, Luther's Wittenberg World is a treasure.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781451490077
Publisher: Augsburg Fortress, Publishers
Publication date: 05/01/2018
Pages: 312
Sales rank: 817,491
Product dimensions: 7.20(w) x 9.30(h) x 1.00(d)

About the Author

Robert Kolb is International Research Emeritus Professor for the Institute of Mission Studies at Concordia Seminary in St. Louis, Missouri. Among his many publications, he is the author of Martin Luther: Confessor of the Faith (2009) and coeditor of The Book of Concord (2001).

Table of Contents

Maps ix

Introduction 1

1 Child, Pupil, Student, Monk: From Mansfeld to Magdeburg, Eisenach, and Erfurt 7

2 Gown and Town: Luther's Wittenberg Neighbors 21

3 The Wittenberg Team: Luther's Family, Colleagues, and Early Students 45

4 German Reformers: Luther's Supporters across German-Speaking Lands 87

5 German Students: Wittenberg Educates a Generation 161

6 International Students: Wittenberg Educates Reformers from Afar 199

7 Princes Friendly and Hostile: Wittenberg's Engagement with Political Leadership 211

8 Luther's Foes: Luther's Critics from All Corners 257

Glossary 301

Bibliography 305

Index of Featured Individuals 307

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