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.


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.


The Huguenots in Cork

Cork is a very old city, and was founded around the year 915, which makes it almost 1100 years old, so as you can imagine, there is so much history when you start looking around.

We have had the Vikings in the 10th century, then the Normans, the Anglo Saxons, and the Huguenots from France – even in the early and middle ages, everyone wanted to come to Cork!

The Huguenot quarter of Cork is around French Church Street off the main Patrick Street, and consists of a few narrow pedestrian streets, full of quirky shops, cafes and restaurants.  In between all this is the old Huguenot Burial Ground, on the site of what was once the Huguenot church, (French Church),  The Huguenots were French Protestants who fled from religious persecution in France in the 17th century, and many of them settled in Ireland, though only a few hundred of them settled in Cork.  The Cork contingent established their own church in the area in 1733, and later a graveyard,   As you will see from the photos, the church is long gone, and there isn’t much left of the graveyard except for the gates and a few headstones.   It is good to know that at least there is still some reminder of their time in Ireland.

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