Martin Luther: Catholic Dissident

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SKU: 9781473621671 Categories: , Tag: Author: Peter StanfordPublication Date: 5th Oct 2017Format: Paperback / softbackPages: 448Publisher: Hodder & Stoughton

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‘A compelling biography of one of the greatest men of the modern age. Stanford is particularly brilliant on the tensions inside Luther’s private and spiritual life. This is a very fine book, written with a flourish.’ Melvyn Bragg

The 31st of October 2017 marks the 500th anniversary of Martin Luther pinning his 95 ‘Theses’ – or reform proposals – to the door of his local university church in Wittenberg. Most scholars now agree that the details of this eye-catching gesture are more legend than hammer and nails, but what is certainly true is that on this day (probably in a letter to his local Archbishop in Mainz), the Augustinian Friar and theologian issued an outspokenly blunt challenge to his own Catholic Church to reform itself from within – especially over the sale of ‘indulgences’ – which ultimately precipitated a huge religious and political upheaval right across Europe and divided mainstream Christianity ever after.

A new, popular biography from journalist Peter Stanford, looking at Martin Luther from within his Catholic context, examining his actual aims for Catholicism as well as his enduring legacy – and where he might fit within the church today.

‘Peter Stanford makes the life of Luther into a thrilling narrative, told from a modern Catholic perspective’ Antonia Fraser

Martin Luther: Catholic Dissident
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