"Life Writing in Reformation Europe: Lives of Reformers by Friends, Disciples and Foes" by Irena Backus

Thursday, 11 Jun 2009

Luther threw inkwells at the devil. Calvin dictated books to his secretary during bouts of insomnia. Young Theodore Beza gave up his legal studies to write poetry full time in Paris. Such historical anecdotes have resonated for some five centuries now. Have you ever wondered whence they came? Occasionally, we get them from the horse's mouth, as it were. With Luther, for example, the remarkable Table Talk contains the Reformer's words and stories as recorded by students who shared his dinner table. Since Little Brother Martin frequently talked about himself, we get to listen in ...

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