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Birth of Johannes Tetzel

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Johannes Tetzel

A Dominican prior and inquisitor, Johannes Tetzel became notable at the outset of the Reformation as the preacher of indulgences who instigated Luther’s 95 Theses. Born 1465 in Pirna near Meissen, he would receive education in Leipzig from 1482 to … Continue reading

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Luther posts his 95 Theses

The traditional date for the start of the Reformation is October 31, 1517, due to Luther’s posting of the 95 Theses on the door of the Wittenberg Castle Church. The impetus for this was the controversy over indulgences. Papal indulgences … Continue reading

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