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The Resource 1517 : Martin Luther and the invention of the reformation, Peter Marshall

1517 : Martin Luther and the invention of the reformation, Peter Marshall

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1517 : Martin Luther and the invention of the reformation
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1517
Title remainder
Martin Luther and the invention of the reformation
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Peter Marshall
Title variation
Martin Luther and the invention of the reformation
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eng
Summary
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 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 more 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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StDuBDS
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no index present
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non fiction
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1517 : Martin Luther and the invention of the reformation, Peter Marshall
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Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
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volume
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rdacarrier
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  • text
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  • rdacontent
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Contents
Prologue: postings -- 1517: theses -- 1517: responses -- 1617: anniversaries -- 1817: heroes -- 1917: reformations
Control code
sky2ocm88898934
Dimensions
20 cm
Extent
xii, 243 pages
Isbn
9780199682010
Isbn Type
(hbk.)
Lccn
2016963341
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Other physical details
illustrations (black and white)
Label
1517 : Martin Luther and the invention of the reformation, Peter Marshall
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
  • text
  • still image
Content type MARC source
  • rdacontent
  • rdacontent
Contents
Prologue: postings -- 1517: theses -- 1517: responses -- 1617: anniversaries -- 1817: heroes -- 1917: reformations
Control code
sky2ocm88898934
Dimensions
20 cm
Extent
xii, 243 pages
Isbn
9780199682010
Isbn Type
(hbk.)
Lccn
2016963341
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Other physical details
illustrations (black and white)

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