An Introduction To The History Of Western Europe by James Harvey RobinsonAn Introduction To The History Of Western Europe by James Harvey Robinson

An Introduction To The History Of Western Europe

byJames Harvey Robinson

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Excerpt: ...accepted Luther's teachings straightway became pert, rude fellows, who would not take off their hats to him on the street. Ulrich von Hutten espouses Luther's cause. Ulrich von Hutten, on the other hand, warmly espoused Luther's cause as that of a German patriot and an opponent of Roman tyranny, intrigue, and oppression. "Let us defend our freedom," he wrote, "and liberate the long enslaved fatherland. We have God on our side, and if God be with us, who can be against us?" Hutten enlisted the interest of some of the other knights, who offered to defend Luther should the churchmen attack him, and invited him to take refuge in their castles. Luther begins to use violent language. 145. Thus encouraged, Luther, who gave way at times to his naturally violent disposition, became threatening, and suggested that the civil power should punish the churchmen and force them to reform their conduct. "We punish thieves with the gallows, bandits with the sword, heretics with fire; why should we not, with far greater propriety, attack with every kind of weapon these very masters of perdition, the cardinals, popes, and the whole mob in the Roman Sodom?" "The die is cast," he writes to a friend; "I despise Rome's wrath as I do her favor; I will have no reconciliation or intercourse with her in all time to come. Let her condemn and burn my writings. I will, if fire can be found, publicly condemn and burn the whole papal law." Luther's and Hutten's appeal to the German people. Luther's Address to the German Nobility. Hutten and Luther vied with one another during the year 1520 in attacking the pope and his representatives. They both possessed a fine command of the German language, and they were fired by a common hatred of Rome. Hutten had little or none of Luther's religious fervor, but he could not find colors Pg 396 too dark in which to picture to his countrymen the greed of the papal curia, which he described as a vast den, to which everything was dragged which...
Title:An Introduction To The History Of Western EuropeFormat:PaperbackDimensions:258 pages, 9.69 × 7.44 × 0.54 inPublished:August 23, 2012Publisher:General Books LLCLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:1153795019

ISBN - 13:9781153795012

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