Dr. Martin Luther - the reformer in Wittenberg

Martin Luther Denkmal

With the announcement of his theses Martin Luther implemented the reformation of the Catholic Church.

He spread his thoughts and his doctrine from Wittenberg, the cradle of the Reformation.

The life of Martin Luther

Statue von Martin Luther

Martin Luther, the second son of the miner Hans Luder, was born in Eisleben on 10 November 1483. He attended school in Mansfeld between 1488 and 1496, in Magdeburg in 1497 and St. George’s School in Eisenach from 1498 to 1501. He initially studied philosophy at Erfurt University between 1501 and 1505 and graduated as Magister atrium.

He then took up the law but broke off his studies when a close encounter with a thunderstorm prompted him to request admission to the monastery of the Augustinian hermits. Martin Luther was ordained as priest in Erfurt Cathedral on 4 April 1507 and began studying theology. After spending some time in Wittenberg during 1508, Luther answered his calling to the monastery of the Augustinian hermits in 1511 and remained in Wittenberg until the end of his life.

Martin Luther Portrait

In 1512 he received a doctorate of theology and became professor of Bible studies at Wittenberg University. On 31 October 1517 Luther published his 95 theses against the abuse of indulgences. He cast off his monk’s habit in 1524 and married Katharina von Bora, a former nun, on 13 June 1525. They had three sons and three daughters. Martin Luther died on 18 February 1546 during a visit to Eisleben and was buried on 22 February 1546 in the Castle Church at Wittenberg.