Facts & Fiction
Facts and Fiction
Has the nailing of Luther's 95 theses to the doors of the Castle Church in Wittenberg really happened? News from the debate about the posting of the theses.
In mortal fear during a thunderstorm near Stotternheim, Martin Luther vows: "I will become a monk!"
According to legend, the devil is said to have molested Martin Luther in his room. When the monk, who was totally absorbed by his work, heard a scratching and chafing, he valiantly grasped the ink pot and threw it at the devil's grimacing face, in order to chase away the perpetrator.
In 1523, Luther still requested the Jews in Germany to be treated "not like dogs" but with friendliness. 20 years later, he had fallen back into the old, evil resentments and gave terrible advice: "One should light their synagogues with fire and destroy their houses." - What had happened to the Reformer?
According to a legend, the Luther Oak in Wittenberg was planted by a student in love, one day after December 10th, 1520, at exactly the place where the Reformer had burned the papal bull of excommunication, as well as books of his enemies.
Georg Rörer was among Martin Luther’s closest collaborators. With an emphasis on Luther, he systematically assembled a large collection of transcripts of lectures and sermons, some written instantaneously and others from memory.
The Luther Memorials Foundation of Saxony-Anhalt (Stiftung Luthergedenkstätte in Sachsen-Anhalt) carried out the research project ‘Reformation und Bauernkrieg'.
"Even if I knew that tomorrow the world would go to pieces, I would still plant an apple tree today", Martin Luther is said to have proclaimed.
The deeply religious Reformation princess Elisabeth von Braunschweig-Lüneburg goes down in history as a progressive ruler and author of numerous writings, many of which still exist today.
Her correspondence offers deep and vibrant insights into contemporary events and their context, and also provides evidence of this woman’s unusual life. The projected edition will initially cover the letters up to the end of the Rochlitz Dynasty (1547) and make them accessible in unabridged form.
Did Martin Luther really gain his central insights for the Reformation on the toilet? There is a lot of speculation about the exact place where Martin Luther learned to understand that people experience divine grace not through good works, but through faith alone.