- one forth of population died before they were five
- the Church promised heaven, and Church was the most powerful institution on Earth.
- Martin Luther - The Reluctant Revolutionary
- Martin Luther led Europeans into a rebellion against the Catholic Church.
- He grew up in Northern Germany where the Church dominated every day life. His life at home caused him pain and anguish.
- The fear of being punished and beaten by his parents drove him for the rest of his life
- Martin became a musician, he gained his masters degree and became everything he wished.
- 1505 - a plague struck Germany and the rest of Europe: THE BLACK DEATH
- 3 of Luther's friends were killed and this marked the beginning of his resentment against the Catholic Church
- He took charge of his own life, and stopped doing what his father expected him to do.
- Luther joined the strictest monastery in Europe
- Luther was a Flagellant meaning he whipped himself to feel the same pain Jesus did.
- He decided to leave the order because it was putting him in bad health.
- Martin thought he'd never achieve salvation and never get to heaven. He felt he couldn't please God.
- He then made a journey to Rome, and it was the height of the Renaissance
- When in Rome, he was completely unhappy with the Church.
- The Church was selling indulgences to the people telling them that it would take time off of their purgatory.
- one man named Martin the head of Bible studies at the new university in Yittenburg Germany.
Friday, May 14, 2010
Notes on Germany:
Germany 1483 - time of desolation and disease