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Martin Brecht's biography of young Luther is now offered to the English speaking public. It is intended to take the place of Heinrich Boehmer's biography, originally published in 1925 and translated by John W.Doberstein and Theodore G. Tappert. This work takes Luther to 1521.
This first volume in Martin Brecht's three-volume biography recounts Luther's youth and young adulthood up to the period of the Diet of Worms. Brecht, in a clear, eloquent translation by James Schaaf, discusses Luther's education at the University of Erfurt, his monastic life, his canonical trial in 1519, the Leipzig debate, and his earliest contributions to the beginning of the Reformation. Illustrations enrich the text.