Personalities & Contemporary Witnesses
Read interesting contemporary witness reports and biographies of confidants and opponents of Luther.
Personalities & contemporary witnesses
"When Martin was a child, he was always calm and well-behaved. When he reached the age of four, we enrolled him in school in Mansfeld. He was too young and too small to be able to make it to school on his own, so his older classmates would carry him, something I am certain he enjoyed. Martin would later go to school first in Madgeburg, then in Eisenach. I had always hoped that he would grow up to become a lawyer. Instead, he joined the Augustinians in Erfurt and became a mendicant friar! Martin always had a mind of his own. Martin’s decision to enter the monastery led to a serious altercation between us, after which we lost contact. I viewed monks as lazy journeymen who lived at the expense of the people and did nothing more than to stuff their bellies all day. It was not until Martin’s wedding that my wife and I travelled to Wittenberg. There, after many years, Martin and I were finally able to reconcile our differences. Of course by that time, he had already given up being a monk."
Born around 1459, Thuringia
Died in May 1530, Saxony-Anhalt
Wife: Margarethe Luther
Children: Martin Luther, Jacob Luther