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1517: Martin Luther and the Invention of the Reformation

Martin Luther and the Invention of the Reformation Martin Luther s posting of the Theses to the door of the Castle Church in Wittenberg on October is one of the most famous events of Western history It inaugurated the Protestant Reformation

  • Title: 1517: Martin Luther and the Invention of the Reformation
  • Author: PeterMarshall
  • ISBN: 9780199682010
  • Page: 226
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Martin Luther s posting of the 95 Theses to the door of the Castle Church in Wittenberg on 31 October 1517 is one of the most famous events of Western history It inaugurated the Protestant Reformation, and has for centuries been a powerful and enduring symbol of religious freedom of conscience, and of righteous protest against the abuse of power.But did it actually reallyMartin Luther s posting of the 95 Theses to the door of the Castle Church in Wittenberg on 31 October 1517 is one of the most famous events of Western history It inaugurated the Protestant Reformation, and has for centuries been a powerful and enduring symbol of religious freedom of conscience, and of righteous protest against the abuse of power.But did it actually really happen In this engagingly written, wide ranging and insightful work of cultural history, leading Reformation historian Peter Marshall reviews the available evidence, and concludes that, very probably, it did not The theses posting is a myth And yet, Marshall argues, this fact makes the incident all the historically significant In tracing how and why a non event ended up becoming a defining episode of the modern historical imagination Marshall compellingly explores the multiple ways in which the figure of Martin Luther, and the nature of the Reformation itself, have been remembered and used for their own purposes by subsequent generations of Protestants and others in Germany, Britain, the United States and elsewhere.As people in Europe, and across the world, prepare to remember, and celebrate, the 500th anniversary of Luther s posting of the theses, this book offers a timely contribution and corrective The intention is not to debunk, or to belittle Luther s achievement, but rather to invite renewed reflection on how the past speaks to the present and on how, all too often, the present creates the past in its own image and likeness.

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    1. First of all, can we agree that it should be “95” or “ninety-five” but never “ninetyfive”, like WTF.Distinctly weird hyphenation aside, 1517: Martin Luther and the Invention of the Reformation, is a thoughtful examination of one of those well-celebrated yet mythologized moments in history. Peter Marshall uses the stories surrounding Luther’s apocryphal posting of the 95 theses to examine the character of the Reformation in Luther’s time, his legacy and effects on the Reformation, [...]

    2. 1517 is a short but thorough survey of the images of Luther in the past 500 years. Marshall explains the social and political contexts of the different images to show the reader that what people have thought about Luther in each generation has largely been influenced by contemporary events. This book is also a good study of Protestant historiography. Most readers of this book will be encountering the study of the writing of history for the first time. Through his analysis of the different images [...]

    3. This book is not really about Martin Luther or even exclusively about the year 1517. It is more of a detailed study of the posting of the 95 Theses - whether or not it really happened and how the action (whether historical or legend) has been viewed and inspired others throughout the five centuries since.While this was an interesting study, I couldn't help but wonder throughout my reading of it how much it really mattered. I will admit that, as one who has studied the era and even visited Witten [...]

    4. Peter Marshall is a historian at Warwick University, and an accomplished scholar of the English Reformation, who in this book takes a look at the whole idea of "The Reformation" as a singular event took hold in people's minds by examining the genesis and spread of the "95 Theses" tale. This is the story that Luther nailed his theses against the abuse of indulgences on the Castle Church door at Wittenberg. Marshall relays the prevailing academic opinion that the event never happened: it first app [...]

    5. When I requested this book from Netgalley, I anticipated that it would be more about Martin Luther and the events leading up to the iconic moment he pounded those theses on the church door. I was woefully ignorant. While Peter Marshall gives plenty of background information on the man, Martin Luther really isn't the focus of this book. Perhaps I should have read the description better! Though it wasn't what I was expecting, I think I enjoyed the content much more than I would have had it been a [...]

    6. For centuries people have had a precise date to market the start of the reformation, that being Martin Luther's nailing of his 95 Theses against the sale of indulgences, to the door of the Castle Church in Wittenberg on 31 October 1517.However Peter Marshall reviews the available evidence and concludes (as have others previously) that, very probably this event (the Thesenanschlang) never actually happened. However that does not matter as the very ‘idea’ that it did happened, combined with Lu [...]

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