Luther's Lives: Two Contemporary Accounts of Martin Luther

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Ralph Keen, Thomas D. Frazel
Manchester University Press, Mar 4, 2004 - Biography & Autobiography - 408 pages
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This volume brings together two important contemporary accounts of the life of Martin Luther in a confrontation that had been postponed for more than 450 years. The first of these accounts was written after Luther's death, when it was rumoured that demons had seized the reformer on his deathbed and dragged him off to Hell. In response to these rumours, Luther's friend and colleague, Philip Melanchthon, wrote and published a brief encomium of the reformer in 1548. A completely new translation of this text appears in this book.

It was in response to Melanchthon's work that Johannes Cochlaeus completed and published his own monumental life of Luther in 1549, which is translated and made available in English for the first time in this volume.

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Philip Melanchthons History of the Life and Acts
an introduction to his life and work
The deeds and writings of Dr Martin Luther from the year

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Elizabeth Vandiver is Director of the Honors Humanities Program and Visiting Assistant Professor in the Department of Classics, University of Maryland.

Ralph Keen is Associate Professor of Religion, University of Iowa.

Thomas D. Frazel is Visiting Assistant Professor in the Department of Classical Studies, Tulane University.

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