The Lutheran Reformation was greatly linked to the economics and social relations during the Renaissance. Immense wealth was concentrated, sometimes in new rich families, like the Fuggers ... See full summary »

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Andreas Sawall

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Ingo Helm

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Jakob Benkhofer Jakob Benkhofer ... Martin Luther
Thomas Kaufmann Thomas Kaufmann ... Himself
Harald Lesch Harald Lesch ... Himself, Host
Stephan Schwartz Stephan Schwartz ... Narrator (voice)
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The Lutheran Reformation was greatly linked to the economics and social relations during the Renaissance. Immense wealth was concentrated, sometimes in new rich families, like the Fuggers whose financier empire, with great political influence such as financing the Habsburg bribes for electors to be Holy Roman Emperors, thanks to their monopoly on the Tyrolian silver mine of Schwaz, which constituted the majority of Europe's production. The fate of the peasant majority grew ever worse, with famine and rising levies from noble and ecclesiastical land owners, sparking circa 1525 German peasant revolts and plunder, mostly of fat monasteries, whose degeneration the fallen monk condemned while entering into marriage with still numerous-growing offspring. Although his press-divulged ideas, pleading personal responsibility and conscience rather then ecclesiastical formalism and its abusive excesses, were read as encouragement by the lower classes, Luther sided with legalistic obedience to the... Written by KGF Vissers

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