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Erasmus—Theological Writings

(878 words)

Author(s): Springer, Carl P. E.
¶ Many of the Latin writings of Desiderius Erasmus of Rotterdam, born around 1469, are directly or indirectly theological in nature. As a Christian humanist, intent on exposing the abuses of power in t…

The Reformation

(7,737 words)

Author(s): Springer, Carl P. E.
¶ The dramatic resurgence of interest during the early modern period in reading, speaking, and writing Latin in the classical style should be associated not only with the Renaissance, as it often is, b…

Luther, Martin

(844 words)

Author(s): Springer, Carl P. E.
¶ Renowned as the translator of the Bible into German and the author of popular Reformation chorales in the vernacular, Martin Luther (1483–1546) was a gifted literary artist in Latin as well. One of t…

Calvin, John

(821 words)

Author(s): Springer, Carl P. E.
¶ Born in Noyon in northern France in 1509, Jean Cauvin (later Latinised to Calvinus) began his preparations for the priesthood in Paris, where he studied with the Christian humanist Mathurin Cordier. …

Melanchthon, Philipp

(855 words)

Author(s): Springer, Carl P. E.
¶ Born Philipp Schwarzerd in 1497, Melanchthon (his Hellenised last name) studied at the Latin school at Pforzheim where he demonstrated an early mastery of the classics. He entered the University of H…

Lutheran Latin Education

(999 words)

Author(s): Springer, Carl P. E.
¶ In the sixteenth century, it was by no means a foregone conclusion that the study of Latin would continue to flourish in northern Europe and other areas influenced by the Reformation. From Luther’s 1…