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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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Karl von Miltitz

One of the more significant diplomatic efforts to remedy the early Reformation conflicts was spearheaded by Karl von Miltitz, a papal ambassador to Germany who met with Luther during the tense years of 1519 and 1520. Born in 1490 in … Continue reading

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Luther meets Karl von Miltitz, papal ambassador

After Luther resisted Cajetan’s demand for a retraction of his views on indulgences, a subsequent interview was held with the papal nuncio Karl von Miltitz. A native of Saxony and a secretary in the papal court, Miltitz was sent by … Continue reading

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Leo X renews charges against Luther

Rome began considering the case against Luther again in early 1520. After Luther’s unproductive meetings with Cardinal Cajetan and papal ambassador Karl von Miltitz, the matter had taken a secondary role to questions over the election of a new emperor. … Continue reading

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