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Luther and German Humanism

1st Edition


376 pages

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Hardback: 9780860784999
pub: 1996-11-21

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The particular interest of Professor Spitz has been the close relationship and synergy between humanism and religious reform in the transformation of European culture in the 16th century. Within the general cultural and intellectual context of the Renaissance and Reformation movements, the present volume focuses on Luther and German humanism; a subsequent collection looks more particularly at the place of education and history in the thought of the time. The articles here discuss Luther's imposing knowledge of the classics, his attitudes towards learning, the religious and patriotic interests of the humanists, and the role of a younger generation of humanists in the Reformation. Also included is a far-reaching appraisal of the impact of humanism and the Reformation on Western history.


'Historians of 16th-century Germany…owe a considerable debt to the work of Lewis W. Spitz…His work combines sensitivity towards the goals and tastes of the northern Renaissance, with an appreciation of the spiritual issues raised by Martin Luther’s religious message.' Reviews in History '(Together with The Reformation: Education and History) these volumes illustrate the importance of Spitz's lifetime work for our understanding of the relationship between humanism and the German Reformation. They are a notable testament to an eminent scholar, and, given the coherence of Spitz's work, they provide a fine resource for students in this field.' Calvin Theological Journal 'Scholars should…be grateful for the quality of work and insight that can…be found in the contributions that comprise Luther and German Humanism.' Reformation

Table of Contents

Contents: The Renaissance: Humanism and Humanism research; The course of German Humanism; The Theologia Platonica; The third generation of German Renaissance Humanists; The impact of Humanism in Germany; Luther as scholar and thinker; Headwaters of the Reformation: Studia Humanitatis, Luther Senior et Initia Reformationis; Luther and German Humanism; Humanism and the Protestant Reformation; Luther's importance for anthropological realism; Man on this isthmus; Index.

About the Series

Variorum Collected Studies

The first title in the Variorum Collected Studies series was published in 1970. Since then well over 1000 titles have appeared in the series, and it has established a well-earned international reputation for the publication of key research across a whole range of subjects within the fields of history.

The history of the medieval world remains central to the series, with Byzantine studies a particular speciality, but the range of titles extends from Hellenistic philosophy and the history of the Roman empire and early Christianity, through the Renaissance and Reformation, up to the 20th century. Islamic Studies forms another major strand as do the histories of science, technology and medicine.

Each title in the Variorum Collected Studies series brings together for the first time a selection of articles by a leading authority on a particular subject. These studies are reprinted from a vast range of learned journals, Festschrifts and conference proceedings. They make available research that is scattered, even inaccessible in all but the largest and most specialized libraries. With a new introduction and index, and often with new notes and previously unpublished material, they constitute an essential resource. 

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
HISTORY / General