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Martin Luther

  • Nov 10, 1483

    Martin Luther was born

    Martin Luther was born
    Martin's parents were Hans Luder and Margarethe. Martin Luther was born on November 10th 1483 in Eisleben Germany. He was baptized as a Catholic the next morning after his birth.
  • Jan 1, 1484

    Martin's family moves

    Martin's family moves
    His family moved to Mansfeld in 1484. Martin's father was a leaseholder of smelters and copper mines. Martin's mother was a hard-worker, of trading-class stcok and middling means,
    Martin Luther had several brothers and sisters, but he was only close to one of them, Jacob.
  • Jan 1, 1497

    Latin schools in Mansfeld and Magdeburg

    Martin's father wanted him to be a lawyer. He sent him to Mansfeld and then Magdeburg in 1497.
  • Jan 1, 1498

    School operated by a lay group

    He attended a school in Magdeburg operated by a lay group called the Brethren of the Common Life, and Eisenach in 1498.
  • Jan 1, 1501

    Unversity of Erfurt

    Unversity of Erfurt
    In 1501, at 19 years old, Martin entered the University of Erfurt.
    His schedule called for waking at four every morning for what has been described as "a day of rote learning and often wearying spiritual exercises.
  • Jan 1, 1505

    Martin's Master Degree

    Martin's Master Degree
    In 1505, Martin recieved his master's degree. He enrolled for law school in the same university, because it was his fathers dream for his son. Martin practically dropped immediately.
  • Jul 2, 1505


    On July 2nd, 1505 Martin Luther was on horseback during a thunderstorm, lightning bolt struck near him as he was returning to university from home. He was so terrfied he cried out "HELP, Saint Anna, I'll become a monk." It was something he couldn't break. Martin left law school, and sold his books.
  • Jul 17, 1505

    Augustinian friary in Erfurt

    Augustinian friary in Erfurt
    He entered a closed Augustinian friary in Erfurt on 17 July 1505.
    A friend of Martin's blamed his decision on Martin's sadness over the death of his two friends.
  • Jan 1, 1507


    In 1507, Martin Luther was ordained to the priesthood. Luther dedicated himself to monastic life, devoting himself to fasting, long hours in prayer, pilgrimage, and frequent confession. Johann von Staupitz, his superior, concluded that Luther needed more work to distract him from excessive introspection and ordered him to pursue an academic career.
  • Jan 1, 1508

    Martin teaching at University of Wittenberg.

    Martin teaching at University of Wittenberg.
    Martin began teaching theology at the University of Wittenberg in 1508.
  • Mar 9, 1508

    Bachelor's degree

    He received a Bachelor's degree in Biblical studies on March 9th, 1508.
  • Jan 1, 1509

    Another Bachelor's degree

    Martin's second Bachelor's degree was in the Sentences by Peter Lombard in 1509.
  • Jan 1, 1517

    95 Theses nailed to the door

    Luther nails his 95 Theses to the door of the church in Wittenburg. It is the first public act of the Reformation
  • Jan 1, 1519

    Charles V

    Charles V
    1519 Charles V becomes Emperor of the Holy Roman Empire
  • Jun 15, 1520

    Pope warns Luther

    Pope warns Luther
    On 15 June 1520, the Pope warned Luther with the papal bull.
    he risked excommunication unless he recanted 41 sentences drawn from his writings, including the 95 Theses, within 60 days.
  • Aug 1, 1521

    Luther wrote

    On August 1st, 1521, Luther wrote to Melanchthon on the same theme: "Be a sinner, and let your sins be strong, but let your trust in Christ be stronger, and rejoice in Christ who is the victor over sin, death, and the world.
  • Jun 13, 1525

    Martin Luther gets married

    Martin Luther gets married
    Martin Luther gets married to Katharina von Bora, one of 12 nuns he had helped escape from the Nimbschen Cistercian
  • Jan 1, 1536

    First Edition

    1536 First edition of Calvin's Institutes
  • Jan 1, 1545

    The Council Of Trent begins

    The Council Of Trent begins
    1545 The Council of Trent begins, trying to bring Luther under control, and reform the practices of the Catholic Church took place in Trent,
  • Feb 17, 1546

    Day before Martin's death

    Around 8:00 February 17th, 1546, Martin Luther was complaining about chest pains. he prayed before he went to bed for the lord to keep him safe. Martin got hot towels to ease his pain.
  • Feb 18, 1546

    Martin Luther's death

    Martin Luther's death
    Martin Luther died on February 18th, 1546. He died in his birth town in Eisleben, Germany. The picture is of a cast of Luther's hands and face. He died at age 62, he was battling illness for years. Martin Luther's last statement was found on a peice of paper. It said " We are beggars." Which was written in German.