Out of the Storm

The Life and Legacy of Martin Luther by Derek Wilson

  • Published: Sep 16, 2020

"Scores highly in thoroughness, clarity, and human sympathy. If you want a model of how to defy uncomprehending power . .. or a model of how to laugh at the Devil, Wilson has provided a reliable guide as to how Luther did it." --Sunday Telegraph... read more

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Exact title of the book
Out of the Storm
Book author
Derek Wilson
ISBN
9781429966993
Publisher
St. Martin's Publishing Group
Published
Jan 08, 2008
Language
English
Format
PDF, FB2, EPUB, MOBI
Pages
416
File size (in PDF)
3744 kB

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"Scores highly in thoroughness, clarity, and human sympathy. If you want a model of how to defy uncomprehending power . .

. or a model of how to laugh at the Devil, Wilson has provided a reliable guide as to how Luther did it." --Sunday Telegraph (UK) Martin Luther changed Europe and, through Europe, the world. It was he who originally exposed the myth of a unifed Latin Christendom, in fact only held together by crusades, heresy hunts, Inquisition, and priestly magic. Though not the first radical thinker to challenge papal pretensions and the doctrines they were founded on, by his defiance Luther created the biggest cause célbre of the age.

But this renegade monk did not just split Europe into rival Protestant and Catholic camps. By urging Christians to read and interpret the Bible for themselves, he gave a religious boost to that emancipation of the individual we associate with the Renaissance. By putting men and women in charge of their own destiny he made a cultural impact that is incalculable.

The first major biography in English for many years, by leading historian Derek Wilson, Out of the Storm responds to recent Reformation scholarship to assess Luther's impact on his own and later ages. This warts-and-all study gives a vivid picture of a complex and driven man--courageous, stubborn, rumbustious, vulgar, erudite, self-opinionated, but a man of tireless energy and, above all, total conviction. For his achievements we can admire him.

In his failings we can identify with him. Luther remains perpetually fascinating.

About author

Wilson, a leading biographer and novelist, came to prominence thirty years ago, after graduating from Cambridge, with A Tudor Tapestry Men, Women and Society in Reformation England. This was followed by several critically acclaimed and bestselling books such as Rothschild A Story of Wealth and Power; In the Lion's Court Power, Ambition and Sudden Death in the Reign of Henry VIII; and All the King's Women Love, Sex and Politics in the Life of Charles II. He has also written and presented numerous radio and television programs.

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