Martin Luther: Renegade and Prophet, by Lyndal Roper
On October 31, 1517 a shy monk named Martin Luther nailed a piece of paper to the door of the Castle Church in the university town of Wittenberg.
The ideas contained in these Ninety-five Theses, which boldly challenged the Catholic Church, spread like wildfire.
Within two months, they were known all over Germany. So powerful were Martin Luther’s broadsides against papal authority that they polarized a continent and tore apart the very foundation of Western Christendom. Luther’s ideas inspired upheavals whose consequences we live with today.
Lyndal Roper looks deep inside the heart of this singularly complex figure. The force of Luther’s personality, she argues, had enormous historical effects - both good and ill. By bringing us closer than ever to the man himself, she opens up a new vision of the Reformation and the world it created and draws a fully three-dimensional portrait of its founder.
“Luther jumps from these pages with immense vitality, as if his exploits occurred last week. Theological history often seems monochrome. This is Luther in colour.” - The Times