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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 Giles of Viterbo

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Giles of Viterbo

Between the years that Martin Luther joined the Augustinian order at Erfurt and became embroiled in the Indulgence Controversy at Wittenberg, the prior general of his order was the famed humanist Giles of Viterbo. Though Luther likely never met him, … Continue reading

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Death of Emperor Maximilian I

Emperor Maximilian’s death in January 1519 created a political vacuum in the Holy Roman Empire and enabled the spread of Luther’s theology. The empire itself had undergone vast changes during the reign of Maximilian (1490-1519). A system of imperial diets … Continue reading

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