By Michael A. Mullett
'Attractively-written, clever and really apt, with touches of enticing wit. it's now the easiest advent to Luther in English.' - Diarmaid MacCulloch, college of Oxford this significant biography portrays Luther, his matters and his achievements with readability and verve, and offers a entire creation for college students, normal readers and people looking to comprehend the roots of the ongoing discords in sleek Christianity. Self-aware but violently prejudiced, bigoted but inspiring, Luther is gifted the following with unflinching candour and honesty.
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His wife] Margaret possessed the virtues, which adorn honest and pious women. She was remarked, in particular, for her modesty, her fear of God, and her spirit of prayer. This excerpt is taken from one of the several Victorian or Edwardian popular lives of Luther designed to project him in heroic light for a British Protestant readership: ‘What a splendid narrative does Luther’s battle for the truth comprise,’ the author added. The habit then current in British historical writing of anglicising non-English names—‘Lewis XIV’ and so on—seemed almost to domesticate Luther’s parents as a respectable British Christian couple, ‘John’ and ‘Margaret’, industrious, religious, plebeian, ‘labouring’, though keen on education and selfimprovement.
He singled out his mother’s brutal discipline—‘For the sake of [stealing] a mere nut my mother beat me until the blood flowed’—and he added ‘By such strict discipline they finally forced me into the monastery’. However, he said that in 1537, long after he had renounced the cloister. It seems more likely to have been the case, though, that Margarethe Luther was responsible, not for ‘forcing’ her son into monasticism, but for creating the kind of domestic religious ambience that was to direct her son towards the monastery door as his own choice in 1505.
If, on the other hand, he had in mind being immured for the rest of his life in the Erfurt house, that would have been melodramatic. The order Luther chose to enter was not of the species of, say, the Carthusians, with their heroic self-exile from the world in remote fastnesses of immured contemplation. The Augustinian Eremites, organised by Pope Alexander IV in 1256 out of groups of friars and hermits in Italy, had their origins amidst those of the preaching friars in the thirteenth century and their purpose was that of the other orders of friars, engaging with the bustling world in order to preach and teach.
Martin Luther (Routledge Historical Biographies) by Michael A. Mullett