The Germans – Luther and the nation | DW Documentary

How did Martin Luther, a simple monk, become a key figure in history in the 15th century? Luther managed to unite and divide Germans. Martin Luther started out as a simple monk, a doubting theologian in constant conflict with himself. But he became an epochal figure, both uniting and dividing the Germans and splitting the Roman Catholic Church without actually intending to. “The Holy Roman Empire of the German Nation” had been the name of the state at the heart of Europe since the late 15th century. It was the era of the Habsburg Emperor Charles V, who, according to ancient tradition, saw himself as a ruler by God’s grace and defender of Christian unity. The sun did not set on his empire, he said in 1521 – it stretched from Latin America to Central Europe to the Philippines. The German t

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