|Pages/Publication Date:||592 / 2018|
On October 31, 1517, Martin Luther nailed a piece of paper to the door of the Castle Church in Wittenberg, and the ideas contained in these 95 Theses challenged the Catholic Church and eventually divided Christendom. But who was this shy monk? Going beyond the theology, Lyndal Roper investigates the inner life of this brilliant, flawed, self-contradictory reformer. Deeply pious, Luther nonetheless left the monastery to marry an ex-nun, and when German peasants rose up against the nobility, Luther urged the aristocracy to slaughter them. Praised by Hilary Mantel as "Smart, accessible, and authoritative," this biography fleshes out the elusive figurehead of the Reformation, and charts his lasting impact upon Christianity.
"This biography offers a fresh and deeply illuminating study of the man who somewhat reluctantly divided a continent. What emerges is a work of impeccable scholarship and painstaking fairmindedness…. A richly satisfying book [that] offers some penetrating insights."—The New York Times Book Review