Going on a Diet of Worms in Germany!

Don’t say yuk…its not as bad as it sounds!

If any of my readers remember their European History lessons, Worms is a town in southern Germany, made famous in 1521 when according to Encyclopaedia Britannica, Martin Luther was called before the DIET (assembly) on charges of being a heretic because he happened to disagree with the Roman Catholic church, and published his own theses on the teachings.  He played a large part in the Protestant Reformation, and his followers became known as Lutherans.

Diet of Worms: meeting of the Diet (assembly) of the   Holy Roman Empire held at Worms, Germany, in 1521 that was made famous byMartin Luther’s appearance before it to respond to charges of heresy. Because of the confused political and religious situation of the time, Luther was called before the political authorities rather than before the pope or a council of the Roman Catholic church.

Pope  Leo X had condemned 41 propositions of Luther’s in June 1520, but he also had given Luther time to recant. Because Luther refused to recant, he was excommunicated on January 3, 1521. While the emperor should then have arrested and executed Luther, the intervention of Luther’s ruler, Elector Frederick III the Wise, brought the decision that he would appear for a hearing at the Diet.

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The Luther Monument in Worms, which we visited last week, is the largest Reformation monument in the world, with 9 statues, you can read about it in more detail here.

Here are some more pictures of the detail.

 

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