The Life of Martin Luther
Luther's Early Years (1483 - 1516)
Note: The Luther Timeline is currently undergoing some much-needed renovation. As I have time, I'll be cleaning up the links and making the formatting a bit more robust. In the meantime, I plan to keep the site up and running. Please pardon our dust.
|November 11||Luther is baptized in the Church of Sts. Peter and Paul.
|Hans Luther leases a smelter from the count of Mansfeld. The family's financial security improves.|
|March 12||Luther begins school at the Mansfeld Lateinschule.
|Luther begins boarding school in Magdeburg*. He boards with the Brethren of the Common Life. [Google maps: Magdeburg]|
|Luther begins attending the parish school of St. George in Eisenach. Initially, he stays with relatives.|
|Luther moves in with Heinrich Schalbe, one of the leading men of the city and father of one of Luther's classmates.|
|Luther moves to Erfurt and begins studying liberal arts at the University of Erfurt, one of the best universities at the time. His father picked the school and paid the tuition. [Google maps: Erfurt]|
|July 2||Elector Frederick the Wise founds Wittenberg University.|
|September||Luther takes the baccalaureate exams and finishes 30th in a group of 57.|
|September 29||Luther receives his Baccalaureate degree and begins studying for his Masters.|
|January||Luther receives his Masters degree. His father gives him a copy of Corpus Iuris and arranges for his entry into law school.|
|May 19||Luther begins law school at University of Erfurt. He is required to teach philosophy for the Liberal Arts program and to begin his studies by memorizing the titles of laws.|
|July 2||Luther, on his way back to Erfurt from parents' house, is caught in a bad thunderstorm. He is nearly struck by lightening and thrown to the ground. He vows he will become a monk if St. Anne will save him. (St. Anne was the patron saint of miners, i.e. most of the men Luther grew up around.)|
|July 17||Luther enters the Black Monastery in Erfurt, joining the Augustinian Hermits, a strict but not terribly austere order of mendicant monks.|
|July/August||Luther takes his monastic vows|
|September 19||Luther becomes a subdeacon.|
|February 27||Luther is ordained a deacon.|
|April 3||Luther is ordained to the priesthood|
|Luther begins to study theology at the University of Erfurt.|
|May 2||Luther celebrates his first mass.|
|Luther teaches during winter semester at the new Wittenberg University.|
||Luther becomes Baccalaureus
one of the mileposts on the way to the doctorate.
||Luther returns to Erfurt
||Luther leaves on a journey to
He and a traveling companion are charged with handling some of his
political affairs. [picture]
||Luther returns to Erfurt from
||Luther is transferred to Wittenberg.
[etching of the city] He moves into the newly
(Augustinian) Black Cloister.
|Luther begins teaching again at
the University of Wittenberg.
||Luther becomes a Doctor of
||Luther is admitted to the senate
the theology faculty at the University of Wittenberg.
||Luther begins lecturing on the
|Luther becomes priest for Wittenberg's city church in addition to his duties
|Luther is appointed the
vicar for Meissen and Thuringia. This appointment gives him charge over
Augustinian monasteries in his area. He becomes increasingly busy and
finds he is behind on his saying of the daily office.
||Luther begins a year of lectures
the Epistle to the Romans. In his studies he comes to the personal
that the just shall live by faith. [Luther's
account of his
|A plague strikes Wittenberg.
friends encourage him to leave the city, but Luther will not abandon
||Luther begins a year of lectures
||Luther publishes the Theologia
Germanica, a manuscript by the Friends
of God. He adds his own preface and claims he learned more
this manuscript than any other source save the Bible and Augustine.
|* indicates a site in German.
has a good translator.
So does Google.
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