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The Making of Martin Luther


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Preface ix 1 Wittenberg 1517 1 2 From Erfurt to Wittenberg 22 3 The Catholic Luther 45 4 The Quest for Certainty 69 5 Intimations of Antichrist 96 6 Luther and Eck 108 7 Rome and Wittenberg 135 8 Worms and the Wartburg 159 9 The Beginning and End of Reformation 184 10 The Meaning of Martin Luther 211 Abbreviations 231 Notes 233 Index 271

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Richard Rex is professor of Reformation history at the University of Cambridge and a fellow of Queens' College. His books include Tudors: The Illustrated History and Henry VIII and the English Reformation. He lives in Cambridge, England.


"Reading this book was a rewarding experience."---Susan C. Karant-Nunn, Journal of Ecclesiastical History
"Richard Rex's new book, The Making of Martin Luther, is brilliant in exposing the hair-raising character of his theology."---Melanie McDonagh, The Spectator
"Rex's nuanced account of Luther's theology, steeped in deep learning and wry humour, demands attention."---Susannah Monta, Times Literary Supplement
"A quick read packed with lots of good information, The Making of Martin Luther is a nice jumping-off point for Luther scholarship, whether you're a believer/theologian or a secularist/agnostic/atheist." * Manhattan Book Review *
"[Rex] puts forward a history of Martin Luther's progress to intransigent reformer so excellent that both admirers and critics of Luther's achievement must agree this is the best-researched, acutely observed, deeply pondered, and objectively reported account of his shattering of the Medieval Church as an uncontested European-wide phenomenon."---Patrick Madigan, Heythrop Journal
"Rex's brilliantly written biography of Luther goes from the cradle not to the grave but to the immediate aftermath of the Diet of Worms. The thread he sees as giving spiritual and intellectual unity to this period of Luther's life is the quest for certainty. . . . Considering Rex's own passionate Roman Catholicism, this is a remarkably sympathetic portrait of the Reformer, and it is possibly the best concise study of Luther's early reforming career that I have read."---Carl R. Trueman, First Things
"Readable, free of jargon, and entertaining. . . . This is a book that teaches. Its value lies in presenting briefly and pointedly what is distinctive about Luther's theological development rather than repeating the partisan caricatures of his thought and role produced by later generations of both his detractors and his followers."---Bradley A. Peterson, Reading Religion

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