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I recently finished reading a 2017 biography of Marin Luther titled Martin Luther: the Man Who Rediscovered God and Changed the World. In it, I found some interesting facts about Luther:

1.    When Luther appeared before the Diet of Worms, he was shown a stack of some 40 books he had written, including one on the Psalms recently purchased at the Frankfort book fair by the papal envoy. When he was asked whether these books were his, he, of course, replied they were.  Then he was asked to recant - and he asked to give his reply the next day. Often we think that that night was passed in solitary communion with God, but, as the book brings out, many nobles and many of his professional friends came to see him and give him comfort and strength for the next day's events.

2.   Other leaders arose to lead when Luther was confined to the Wartburg.  Eventually, the monastic vows of Luther's own monastery became "voluntary" because so many monks were leaving.

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3.   When Luther made his memorable reply at the Diet of Worms, the spot was then inside a mighty palace and very warm - Luther was supposedly sweating profusely.  Today, according to the book, the spot is outside.  The palace has vanished.

4.   Luther was "asserting the freedom of the individual to do as God please - if and when the church or state attempted to abrogate that freedom...Luther's stand...gave us genuine liberty in a way that would lead to a new freer and deeper understanding of what God wanted...Luther called upon every Christian to cease the petty obedience to church that was nothing when compared to the freedom and joy of actually obeying God."

5.  Going home from Worms, Luther was escorted part of the way by an imperial herald who had brought him to the Diet. Luther managed to dismiss the herald, and then, five miles later, was "kidnapped" and taken to the Wartburg Castle. The book seems to indicate that Luther knew he was going to be "kidnapped" by friendly knights.

6.  Even though the penalty for arranging the escape of nuns or monks was death, Luther arranged for 12 nuns to escape from a convent in the territory of Duke George, who was not an admirer of Luther or his ideas. A later escapee was a woman who was a cousin of Duke George himself. One of the twelve to escape was Katherine von Bora, who was first interested in a young nobleman, then put off by a gentleman who was a doctor of theology at Wittenberg University, and finally told Amsdorf, a friend of Luther's, that she wanted to marry either Amsdorf or Luther himself.

7.  Luther finally married Kathie but only after his protector - Frederick of Saxony - and his former monastic superior - Staupitz - both died. According to the custom of the time, Kathie and Martin consummated the marriage before the wedding itself and in full view of a witness to the act. The couple would live in Luther's former monastic building that had housed forty monks.

Enough for now.  I enjoyed the book.

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