Luther and his Enemies

History 280B.004

Fall 2007
Instructor: 
Lehmann
Location: 
3104 Dwinelle
Day & Time: 
Tues 2-4
CCN: 
39678
Units: 
Units

From the beginning, Martin Luther was convinced that his reform movement was threatened by many enemies who were determined to destroy him: first and foremost he feared the pope and the devil; then religious fanatics, Anabaptists and rebellious peasants; also rival reformers like Zwingli and rival humanists like Erasmus; and last not least the Turks, the Jews and to the very end the pope as Antichrist. It is the aim of this seminar to distinguish between real enemies of Luther and enemies Luther imagined, and to find out how Luther's obsessive fear of these enemies gave a distinct profile to the Protestant Reformation. Although Luther's texts have been translated into English, participants should have a sound knowledge of German.

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