Life of Martin Luther (Classic Reprint)

Life of Martin Luther (Classic Reprint)


Excerpt from Life of Martin Luther The sixteenth century was the most remarkable and splendid age of the world, both as it respects the great and exalted men, and the important events which it produced. The most important of all events, which render the sixteenth century the most splendid period since the era of the Saviour of the world, is the Reformation to which that century gave birth. Welcome must this change have been to all Germany, a country where the liberty of the subject, and the freedom of conscience seemed to be at home; where liberty, since the time of the Romans till this very moment, knew how mightily to protect her rights against every attempt of tyrants, against the most subtle artifice of usurpers, and against the encroachments of despotism and oppression. From Germany proceeded the power which caused Rome, the once proud mistress of almost the whole known world, to tremble, even when she was at the zenith of her potency. And from Germany also pro ceeded the power which shook the triple crown of the most artful religious and temporal usurper at more modern Rome, and brought her to the very brink of inevitable ruin. In such a country as Germany, darkness could not long abide, nor tyrants with impunity long exercise their intolerable profligacies. It was in Germany, where the morning dawn of a pure worship of the Supreme Being, and of a wise liberty of conscience was destined to arise. But it was only in Italy, a country which, in other respects, was the seat of the greatest mental refinement, where a burning climate heats the blood to the production of the wildest and most inordinate passions; in Italy, the mind could. Be so far subdued and debased, the feelings of liberty so far depressed, that man literally crept in the very dust, and willingly bent his neck to the yoke 'tvhich superstition and the lust of dominion riveted. To a romantic people, which, by a warm and agreeable atmosphere, a luxurious and ever young and ever smiling nature, and the most manifold fascinations of art, is kept in an eternal enjoyment of the pleasures of sense, a religion was better suited, whose magnificent pomp, whose abundance of riddles and secrets allure the fancy, and whose doctrines insinuate themselves into the soul by means of forms ingeniously contrived by the painter's art. About the Publisher Forgotten Books publishes hundreds of thousands of rare and classic books. Find more at This book is a reproduction of an important historical work. Forgotten Books uses state-of-the-art technology to digitally reconstruct the work, preserving the original format whilst repairing imperfections present in the aged copy. In rare cases, an imperfection in the original, such as a blemish or missing page, may be replicated in our edition. We do, however, repair the vast majority of imperfections successfully; any imperfections that remain are intentionally left to preserve the state of such historical works.

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John Frederick William Tischer
Hardback | 198 pages
152 x 229 x 13mm | 422g
Publication date
27 Apr 2018
Forgotten Books
Illustrations note
3 Illustrations; Illustrations, black and white