Martin Luther

A Late Medieval Life

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Volker Leppin
Rhys Bezzant
Karen Roe
  • Ada, MI: 
    Baker Academic
    , October
     160 pages.
     For other formats: Link to Publisher's Website.
Review coming soon!

Review by Timothy Ihssen forthcoming.


This brief, insightful biography of Martin Luther strips away the myths surrounding the Reformer to offer a more nuanced account of his life and ministry. Coinciding with the 500th anniversary of the Reformation, this accessible yet robustly historical and theological work highlights the medieval background of Luther's life in contrast to contemporary legends. Internationally respected church historian Volker Leppin explores the Catholic roots of Lutheran thought and locates Luther's life in the unfolding history of 16th-century Europe. Foreword by Timothy J. Wengert.

About the Author(s)/Editor(s)/Translator(s): 

Volker Leppin is Professor of Church History at the University of Tübingen and is widely regarded as the leading German historian of the late medieval period. He has served as scientific director of the Ecumenical Working Group of Protestant and Catholic Theologians since 2008 and as a member of the executive board of the Protestant Federation Württemberg since 2012. Leppin received the Ruprecht-Karls-Universität Heidelberg Foundation Prize, the Hanns-Lilje Prize of the Academy of Sciences in Göttingen, and the Gerhard Hess Prize from the German Research Foundation.

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