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The deeds and writings of Martin Luther from the year of the Lord 1517 to the year 1546 related chronologically to all posterity by Johannes Cochlaeus

Elizabeth Van-diver and Ralph Keen

in Luther's Lives

Published by Manchester University Press

Published in print December 2003 | ISBN: 9780719061042
Published online July 2012 | e-ISBN: 9781781700358 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.7228/manchester/9780719061042.003.0005
The deeds and writings of Martin Luther from the year of the Lord 1517 to the year 1546 related chronologically to all posterity by Johannes Cochlaeus

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This chapter enumerates the life and works of Dr Martin Luther, from the perspective of his lifelong antagonist Johannes Cochlaeus. It notes some peculiarities during his stay with the Monastery of the brothers of St Augustine, either from some secret commerce with a Demon, or from the disease of epilepsy; fraud after he was made Doctor in Theology; controversies in indulgences; and attacks he raised against the doctrine of the Roman church. It suggests that by his cunning, as he complained that he was unjustly pressed by his adversaries and driven into public, Luther gained the greatest favor for himself, not just among the simple people, but also among many grave, learned men, who believed in his words through genuine simplicity. Meanwhile, Cochlaeus, for the sake of asserting and confirming the truth of the Catholic faith against any heretics, also published several books in Latin, criticizing Luther and Phillip Melanchthon.

Keywords: Johannes Cochlaeus; Martin Luther; monastery; epilepsy; St Augustine; Roman church; Catholic faith; Phillip Melanchthon

Chapter.  172655 words. 

Subjects: Early Modern History (1500 to 1700)

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