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Luther's LivesTwo Contemporary Accounts of Martin Luther$
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Ralph Keen and Thomas D. Frazel

Print publication date: 2003

Print ISBN-13: 9780719061042

Published to Manchester Scholarship Online: July 2012

DOI: 10.7228/manchester/9780719061042.001.0001

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The deeds and writings of Martin Luther from the year of the Lord 1517 to the year 1546 related chronologically to all posterity by Johannes Cochlaeus

The deeds and writings of Martin Luther from the year of the Lord 1517 to the year 1546 related chronologically to all posterity by Johannes Cochlaeus

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(p.54) 4 The deeds and writings of Martin Luther from the year of the Lord 1517 to the year 1546 related chronologically to all posterity by Johannes Cochlaeus (p.55)
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Luther's Lives
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Elizabeth Van-diver

Ralph Keen

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Manchester University Press
DOI:10.7228/manchester/9780719061042.003.0005

This chapter enumerates the life and works of Dr Martin Luther, from the perspective of his lifelong antagonist Johannes Cochlaeus. It notes some peculiarities during his stay with the Monastery of the brothers of St Augustine, either from some secret commerce with a Demon, or from the disease of epilepsy; fraud after he was made Doctor in Theology; controversies in indulgences; and attacks he raised against the doctrine of the Roman church. It suggests that by his cunning, as he complained that he was unjustly pressed by his adversaries and driven into public, Luther gained the greatest favor for himself, not just among the simple people, but also among many grave, learned men, who believed in his words through genuine simplicity. Meanwhile, Cochlaeus, for the sake of asserting and confirming the truth of the Catholic faith against any heretics, also published several books in Latin, criticizing Luther and Phillip Melanchthon.

Keywords:   Johannes Cochlaeus, Martin Luther, monastery, epilepsy, St Augustine, Roman church, Catholic faith, Phillip Melanchthon

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