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Martin Luther Luther and the Peasants War Martin Luther was thirty-four years old when his Ninety-Five Theses swept the German Nation He was thirty-seven when he was excommunicated by the Roman Catholic Church Edwards 1 Luthers appearance before the Diet of Worms in the spring of 1521 is the definite dividing line in the life and career of the reformer Up until that dramatic appearance Luther was an individual known only in the Germanies Until the posting of the Ninety-Five Theses in 1517 he wasnt even that Until 1517 he had only a very limited reputation limited to certain university circles in Saxony and to parts of western Germany The reputation was expanded between 1517 and 1521 The events at Worms gave to Luther a reputation among all states of the Empire By 1530 Luthers name was known throughout practically all of western and central Europe One of the most disturbing and perhaps one of the most interesting events of the early Reformation was the Peasants War 1524-1525 Peasant uprisings and rebellions were certainly not unknown in European history The late Middle Ages and Renaissance periods witnessed many of the examples of discontent and unrest among the peasants of Europe But the war of 1524-1525 was far more greater in extent and in numbers involved Furthermore the events in the 16th century had the stimulus and the influence of the early Reformation as an added factor Although earlier uprisings might well have had religion as one of the elements or ingredients the 16th century war saw religion as one of the major factors Crossley x Martin Luther was very intimately involved with the Reformation This ingredient of intimacy makes the war of special importance to the student of the Reformation and the Reformation era The present study is an effort to examine Luther and Luthers actions and reactions during that war The war was a serious test of Luther and his leadership it
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