Johann Tetzel

(c. 1465—1519)

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German Dominican. After preaching the indulgence for the campaign of the Teutonic Order in Livonia, in 1516 he was appointed to preach the one for the rebuilding of St Peter's, Rome. Following the instructions given to the team of which he was part, he maintained the controversial thesis that indulgences could be obtained for the benefit of souls in purgatory by payment of money, even by those not themselves in a state of grace. His preaching prompted M. Luther to issue his 95 theses in 1517.

Subjects: Early Modern History (1500 to 1700) — Christianity.

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