June 29, 1519

Martin Luther preaches a sermon on the Gospel for the day, Matt. 16:13-19 (Peter's Confession), in the Pleissenburg Castle in Leipzig. After a half-day of opening ceremonies and a day and a half of debating, the Leipzig Disputation had adjourned for June 29 and 30 to observe the festival of St. Peter and St. Paul.…

7 AM, Monday June 27, 1519

The solemn acts for the opening of the Leipzig Disputation begin. Crowds of spectators, some from a considerable distance, and many men of prominence have gathered at Leipzig. The meeting is opened in the Hall of the Princes at the university. Dr. Simon Pistoris, professor of the faculty of jurisprudence, delivers the welcoming speech. Then a…

June 26, 1519 (Part 2)

Negotiations continue regarding the arrangements for the Leipzig Disputation. Finally, it is agreed that the transcripts will be provided to the University of Erfurt to judge the debate between Karlstadt and Eck and that the Universities of Erfurt and Paris will judge the debate between Eck and Luther. The parties, however, disagree until the end…

June 26, 1519 (Part 1)

Negotiations continue regarding the arrangements for the Leipzig Disputation, now focusing on the debate between Luther and Eck. Luther reports: The next day they called me aside and proposed the same thing [1]. I refused their conditions, fearing the Pope. Then they proposed the universities as judges without the Pope. I asked that the conditions…

June 25, 1519 (Part 2)

The parties to the Leipzig Disputation negotiate the ground rules in the presence of Duke George’s officials. About a month later, Luther would report on the attempt of the Bishop of Merseberg (in whose diocese lay Leipzig) to prohibit the Disputation and give his perspective on these pre-debate maneuvers by Eck to tilt the field…

June 25, 1519 (Part 1)

The parties to the Leipzig Disputation negotiate the ground rules in the presence of Duke George’s officials. About a month later, Philip Melanchthon will describe the background of the Disputation and Eck's attempt to change the arrangements that had been agreed earlier: . . . to begin at the beginning, Eck last year published some…

June 24, 1519

Luther, Karlstadt, Melanchthon and colleagues (including about 200 armed students from Wittenberg University) arrive in Leipzig for the disputation with Prof. Johann Eck of Ingostadt. Eck had arrived two days earlier accompanied by a single servant. Prior to his departure from Wittenberg, Luther had published a treatise on the question of papal primacy: An Explanation of the…

June 6, 1519

Still uncertain whether he will be allowed to participate in the Leipzig debate, Luther writes to Johann Lang,[1] prior of the Augustinian monastery in Erfurt. Quotation: Greeting. We have heard of the death of Dr. Trutfetter.[2] May God receive his soul, and forgive him all his sins and us all ours. I send what you…