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Luther'S Lives : Two Contemporary Accounts of Martin Luther - Johannes Cochlaeus

Luther'S Lives

Two Contemporary Accounts of Martin Luther

Paperback Published: 1st December 2003
ISBN: 9780719068027
Number Of Pages: 416

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This volume brings together two important contemporary accounts of the life of Martin Luther in a confrontation that had been postponed for more than 450 years. The first of these accounts was written after Luther's death, when it was rumoured that demons had seized the reformer on his deathbed and dragged him off to Hell. In response to these rumours, Luther's friend and colleague, Philip Melanchthon, wrote and published a brief encomium of the reformer in 1548. A completely new translation of this text appears in this book.
It was in response to Melanchthon's work that Johannes Cochlaeus completed and published his own monumental life of Luther in 1549, which is translated and made available in English for the first time in this volume.

Industry Reviews

These two translations will prove to be very valuable additions to the collection of primary accounts of German Reformation history in the English world. The works offer unique, detailed, engaging accounts of the events surrounding Luther's reform movement; the translations are eloquent; and the introductions to both lives provide a very helpful framework for understanding the primary texts."

By placing accurate new translations of these two "lives of Luther" side by side, Vandiver and her colleagues have allowed two very different perceptions of the significance of Luther to compete head to head. The result is as entertaining as it is informative, and a powerful reminder of the need to ensure that secondary works about the Reformation are never displaced by the primary sources. -- .

Scholarsp. vi
Abbreviationsp. vii
Introductionp. 1
Philip Melanchthon and the historical Lutherp. 7
Philip Melanchthon's History of the Life and Acts of Dr Martin Lutherp. 14
Johannes Cochlaeus: an introduction to his life and workp. 40
The deeds and writings of Dr Martin Luther from the year of the Lord 1517 to the year 1546 related chronologically to all posterityp. 53
Translator's notep. 352
Appendixp. 353
Works citedp. 357
Notesp. 368
Indexp. 402
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ISBN: 9780719068027
ISBN-10: 0719068029
Audience: Professional
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 416
Published: 1st December 2003
Publisher: Manchester University Press
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 22.86 x 15.24  x 2.54
Weight (kg): 0.64
Edition Type: New edition