“Metaxas is a scrupulous chronicler and has an eye for a good story. . . . full, instructive, and pacey.” —The Washington Post
From #1 New York Times bestselling author Eric Metaxas comes a brilliant and inspiring biography of the most influential man in modern history, Martin Luther, in time for the 500th anniversary of the Reformation
On All Hallow’s Eve in 1517, a young monk named Martin Luther posted a document he hoped would spark an academic debate, but that instead ignited a conflagration that would forever destroy the world he knew. Five hundred years after Luther’s now famous Ninety-five Theses appeared, Eric Metaxas, acclaimed biographer of the bestselling Bonhoeffer: Pastor, Martyr, Prophet, Spy and Amazing Grace: William Wilberforce and the Heroic Campaign to End Slavery, paints a startling portrait of the wild figure whose adamantine faith cracked the edifice of Western Christendom and dragged medieval Europe into the future. Written in riveting prose and impeccably researched, Martin Luther tells the searing tale of a humble man who, by bringing ugly truths to the highest seats of power, caused the explosion whose sound is still ringing in our ears. Luther’s monumental faith and courage gave birth to the ideals of liberty, equality, and individualism that today lie at the heart of all modern life.
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Table of Contents
Introduction Pastor, Rebel, Prophet, Monk 1
Chapter 1 Beyond the Myths 7
Chapter 2 Lightning Strikes 31
Chapter 3 The Great Change 50
Chapter 4 A Monk at Wittenberg 67
Chapter 5 The "Cloaca" Experience 93
Chapter 6 The Theses Are Posted 107
Chapter 7 The Diet at Augsburg 140
Chapter 8 The Leipzig Debate 164
Chapter 9 The Bull Against Luther 193
Chapter 10 The Diet of Worms 202
Chapter 11 Enemy of the Empire 218
Chapter 12 The Wartburg 237
Chapter 13 The Revolution Is Near 261
Chapter 14 Luther Returns 276
Chapter 15 Monsters, Nuns, and Martyrs 297
Chapter 16 Fanaticism and Violence 311
Chapter 17 Love and Marriage 338
Chapter 18 Erasmus, Controversy, Music 356
Chapter 19 The Plague and Anfechtungen Return 378
Chapter 20 The Reformation Comes of Age 390
Chapter 21 Confronting Death 410
Chapter 22 "We Are Beggars. This Is True." 421
Epilogue The Man Who Created the Future 433
Appendix: Frederick's Dream 449