Wittenberg in the spotlight: Luther rules, 500 years after Reformation; Brian Melican; The Guardian

Germany – Luther Memorials in Eisleben and Wittenberg

The home of Martin Luther is celebrating the 500th anniversary of the Reformation today – and trying to use that momentum to lasting effect.

Today is exactly 500 years since Martin Luther famously (or, for exacting historians: reputedly) nailed his 95 Theses to the door of Wittenberg’s Schlosskirche, turning a rumbling religious rift into a roaring ecclesiastical schism and starting what became to be known as the Reformation. Without Luther, the course of history would be unrecognisable. Yet without Wittenberg, a hive ofpioneering intellectual debate in late-medieval Europe and a prosperous power centre of the Holy Roman Empire, Luther would neither have developed his rebellious ideas nor enjoyed the political support to propagate them against the long arm of the papacy.

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