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Luther and the Reformation of the Later Middle Ages

Luther and the Reformation of the Later Middle Ages

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  • Date Published: April 2017
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  • In 1517, Martin Luther posted his 95 Theses, an act often linked with the start of the Reformation. In this work, Eric Leland Saak argues that the 95 Theses do not signal Luther's break from Roman Catholicism. An obedient Observant Augustinian Hermit, Luther's self-understanding from 1505 until at least 1520 was as Brother Martin Luther, Augustinian, not Reformer, and he continued to wear his habit until October 1524. Saak demonstrates that Luther's provocative act represented the culmination of the late medieval Reformation. It was only the failure of this earlier Reformation that served as a catalyst for the onset of the sixteenth-century Protestant Reformation. Luther's true Reformation discovery had little to do with justification by faith, or with his 95 Theses. Yet his discoveries in February of 1520 were to change everything.

    • Offers a radically new interpretation of Luther's early development, going beyond a confessional approach to Luther
    • Proposes a new view of the relationship between the later Middle Ages and the Reformation, allowing the reader to understand the Reformation historically
    • Offers a new interpretation of the onset of the Reformation in Germany
    • Readers will gain an understanding of the theological components of the Reformation in the context of political developments
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    Awards

    • Winner, 2018 Gerald Strauss Prize, Sixteenth Century Society and Conference

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    'This is a learned and tightly written work which shows a panoramic mastery of medieval sources and of Luther’s developing theology, situated firmly in the theological context of the later Middle Ages. Original language texts are provided in the footnotes for Saak’s translations. These, with the extensive bibliography, make this a solid resource for scholars.' Donald K. McKim, Journal of Ecclesiastical History

    'This is an ambitious book that moves between general discussions of the era and the specifics of scholarship in Luther. Further, it ultimately delivers on its promise of offering a compelling view of late medieval Augustinianism, the diverse intellectual sources of Luther’s own thought, and the unfolding of this in the narrative of Luther’s transition from Brother Martin to the Reformer Luther.' Matthew Vanderpoel, Sixteenth Century Journal

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    • Date Published: April 2017
    • format: Adobe eBook Reader
    • isbn: 9781316953341
    • availability: This ISBN is for an eBook version which is distributed on our behalf by a third party.
  • Table of Contents

    Introduction
    1. The Reformation of the later Middle Ages
    2. Seeking God's mercy: living the Augustinian life
    3. Discoveries and breakthroughs
    4. Luther's ways of thought
    5. Brother Martin, Augustinian
    6. Mother Church and the Pope
    7. The woe of the world: Luther from Friar to Reformer
    8. The failure of the Reformation.

  • Author

    Eric Leland Saak, Indiana University–Purdue University, Indianapolis
    Eric Leland Saak is Professor of History at Indiana University–Purdue University, Indianapolis. He has previously served as Head of the Department of Theology, Philosophy, and Religious Studies at Liverpool Hope University (2010–12), and worked for the Netherlands Research School for Medieval Studies (1994–2000). Trained by the late Heiko A. Oberman, and a Fulbright Scholar at the University of Tübingen, Saak's numerous publications include High Way to Heaven: The Augustinian Platform between Reform and Reformation, 1292–1524 (2002) and Creating Augustine: Interpreting Augustine and Augustinianism in the Later Middle Ages (2012). He also co-edited and contributed to The Oxford Guide to the Historical Reception of Augustine (2013).

    Awards

    • Winner, 2018 Gerald Strauss Prize, Sixteenth Century Society and Conference

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