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Martin Luther, Volume 1: His Road to Reformation, 1483-1521

Martin Luther, Volume 1: His Road to Reformation, 1483-1521

This first volume in Martin Brecht's three-volume biography recounts Luther's youth and young adulthood up to the period of the Diet of Worms. Brecht, in a clear, eloquent translation by James Schaaf, discusses Luther's education at the University of Erfurt, his monastic life, his canonical trial in 1519, the Leipzig debate, and his earliest contributions to the beginning of the Reformation. Illustrations enrich the text.
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  • Publisher Fortress Press
  • ISBN 9780800628130
  • Age/Grade Range Adult
  • Format Paperback
  • Dimensions 6 x 9
  • Pages 576
  • Publication Date January 1, 1985


"This felicitous translation by James L. Schaaf...recounts with precise and telling detail the story of Luther's development to the Diet of Worms...Brecht's work long will remain a basic book on Luther's progress to 1521. It is thorough, reliable, clearly written, divided into manageable segments, and convincing in the total picture that he gives of the great reformer."
— Lewis W. Spitz

"Brecht's scholarship is impeccable and his book is indeed original. He displays a remarkable talent for precision and conciseness of statement."
— David W. Lotz