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Frederick the Wise

Frederick III of Ernestine Saxony, commonly known as Frederick the Wise, became the first patron of the Protestant Reformation due to his defense of Luther during the early days of the Wittenberg reforms. A known patron of humanist letters and … Continue reading

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Birth of Frederick the Wise

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Birth of Andreas Bodenstein von Karlstadt

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Andreas Bodenstein von Karlstadt

Andreas Bodenstein, most commonly known as Karlstadt for the town of his birth, embodied the tumultuous early years of the Reformation and the difficulty of categorizing many reformers according to theological allegiances. At first opposed to Luther’s theological opinions, Karlstadt … Continue reading

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Jan Hus

The fifteenth-century church reformer Jan Hus is known as much for his controversial execution at the Council of Constance in 1415 as he is for his teachings. His legacy for the Protestant Reformation remains that of a controversial late medieval … Continue reading

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Birth of Jan Hus

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Birth of Johann von Staupitz

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Johann von Staupitz

During his time as Luther’s supervisor in the Augustinian order, Johann von Staupitz had a direct influence upon his spiritual and theological development and Luther later attributed much to his former monastic superior. It was Staupitz who heard Luther’s confessions, … Continue reading

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Johann Eck

As professor at Ingolstadt in Bavaria during the outbreak of the Reformation, John Eck would play a significant role in opposing Luther’s reform and winning Bavaria for the Catholic party. Born Johann Maier in the Swabian village of Eck, he … Continue reading

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Charles V

Born in 1500, Charles I of Spain was successor of the Austrian Habsburg dynasty and ruled the majority of Europe during the Reformation as Emperor Charles V. On the side of his father, Philip of Burgundy, were the Habsburg Austrian … Continue reading

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