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Martin Luther

Nonfiction: Biography / History
Unabridged   15.75 hour(s)
Publication date: 03/14/2017

Library Journal Best Books 2017

Martin Luther

Renegade and Prophet

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Audio CD ISBN:9781681684116
Digital Download ISBN:9781681684123


The first historical biography, for many decades, of Martin Luther (1483-1546), the rebellious monk who ushered in the modern world.

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On October 31, 1517 an unknown monk nailed a theological pamphlet to a church door in a small university town and set in motion a process that helped usher in the modern world. Within a few years Luther's ideas had spread like wildfire. His attempts to reform Christianity by returning it to its biblical roots split the Western Church, divided Europe, and polarized people's beliefs.

Yet Luther was a deeply flawed human being: a fervent believer tormented by spiritual doubts; a prolific writer whose translation of the Bible would shape the German language yet whose attacks on his opponents were vicious and foul-mouthed. Perhaps surprisingly, the man who helped create in the modern world was not modern himself: for him the devil was not a figure of speech but a real, physical presence.

Acclaimed historian Lyndal Roper explains how Luther's impact can only be understood against the background of the times. As a brilliant biographer, she gives us the flesh-and-blood figure, reveals the often contradictory psychological forces that drove Luther forward, and the dynamics they unleashed, which turned a small act of protest into a battle against the power of the Church.


"Arguably the most consequential figure in Western history between Jesus and Napoléon, Luther fully merits the grace and perceptiveness of Roper’s fine book." —Booklist Starred Review

"A work of impeccable scholarship and painstaking fairmindedness." —New York Times

“Formidably learned biography . . . Her approach is avowedly new . . . enlightening.” —Sunday Times

“Beautifully written . . . Anyone seriously interested in one of the most influential figures of the last half-millennium will need to make time to read this one.” —Literary Review

"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

Author Bio

Lyndal Roper holds the prestigious chair of Regius Professor of History at Oxford: she is one of the most respected historians at work in Britain today. An expert on early modern Germany, her previous books include a study of witchcraft, Witch Craze: Terror and Fantasy in Baroque Germany.