Probably January 1520 (Part 1)

A Sermon on the Ban is printed by Johann Grünenberg in Wittenberg, having been preached by Luther in December 1519 (most probably). Quotation: [continued from yesterday] 15. Thus it happens in our day that certain officials [1] and their associates are murdered, beaten, and bound, or are in constant fear of death. Doubtless this would not…

January 9, 1520

In Rome, Pope Leo X holds a public consistory (a solemn assembly of cardinals and papal diplomats) to reopen the inquisition against Luther and his ideas. Following the death of Emperor Maximilian I on Jan 12, 1519, the Curia had essentially suspended the proceedings against Luther because the pope needed the vote of Elector Frederick…

December 29, 1519 (Letter 2)

In a letter to Duke George of Saxony, the University of Erfurt declines to judge the Leipzig Disputation between Johann Eck and Martin Luther. The debate had taken place July 4 – 13 (bracketed by debates between Eck and Luther's colleague Andreas Karlstadt June 27 – July 3 and July 14 – 15). Because the faculty of the…

December 29, 1519 (Letter 1)

Elector Frederick the Wise [1] answers Duke George’s [2] letter of Dec 27, concerning Prof. Luther's treatise on The Blessed Sacrament of the Holy and True Body of Christ, And the Brotherhoods (see today's Quotation for an excerpt from the treatise): Highborn Prince, dear Cousin: I have received your Grace's letter about a printed pamphlet…

December 27, 1519

Duke George of Saxony writes to his cousin, Elector Frederick the Wise. A copy of Luther's treatise The Blessed Sacrament of the Holy and True Body of Christ, And the Brotherhoods from the press of John Grünenberg of Wittenberg reached Duke George by Dec 24, 1519. He entered his protest against it in letters to the…

Before December 24, 1519 (Part 2)

Johann Grünenberg in Wittenberg prints Martin Luther's treatise The Blessed Sacrament of the Holy and True Body of Christ, And the Brotherhoods. By 1525, a total of 14 editions (in German) will have been printed and, in 1524, a Latin translation will be published. Quotation: [continued from yesterday] ... 10. This is also a reason,…

Before December 24, 1519 (Part 1)

Johann Grünenberg in Wittenberg prints Martin Luther's treatise The Blessed Sacrament of the Holy and True Body of Christ, And the Brotherhoods. Quotation: ... 9. When you have partaken of this sacrament, therefore, or desire to partake of it, you must in turn also share the misfortunes of the fellowship, as was said.[1] But what…

December 23, 1519

Luther writes to Thomas Fuchs in Regensburg regarding a dispute between the City Council and the local Bishop . The Bishop of Regensburg had requested (demanded) one-third of the considerable donations and other income from the recently constructed Church of the Beautiful Mary, built on the location of a miracle and, hence, a pilgrimage site.…

By the end of December, 1519

Printers in Wittenberg (J. Grünenberg), Leipzig (M. Lotter), Nuremberg, and Augsburg have published a total of eleven editions of A Sermon on Preparing to Die. An additional eleven editions will be printed over the following two years. Quotation: [continued from yesterday]  Twentieth. What more should your God do to convince you to willingly accept death…

December, 1519

Johann Grünenberg publishes a second edition of A Sermon on Preparing to Die in Wittenberg. Quotation: [continued from yesterday's post] Nineteenth, no one should presume to do these things by his own power, but humbly ask God to create and sustain in us such faith and understanding of his holy sacraments. Then we may do…