The cover story for the March issue of History Today features Bridget Heal’s piece ‘Here I Stand: Martin Luther and the German Reformation.’ Dr Heal, Director of the Reformation Studies Institute at the University of St Andrews, was asked for a contribution to commemorate the 500th anniversary of the Protestant Reformation. She offers an account of the most notable events from the beginning of the movement, as well as why early modern Germany was so receptive to Luther’s ideas.
The story is filled with sharp images from the period, including Lucas Cranach’s Martin Luther’s Sermon from the altarpiece at St Mary’s Church in Wittenberg, Germany. The feature is the third article in a series, in which leading historians use History Today‘s rich archives to explain the significance of historical events. For Luther, Heal states, it was his ‘courage and conviction, his communication skills and his ability to create public interest that drove the Reformation forward.’
In addition to the cover story, Dr Heal wrote explanation pieces on the differences between the doctrines of Luther, John Calvin, and other religious reformers, which can be read on the History Today website. You can pick up a copy of the print edition at your local WHSmith. St Andrews will be hosting many events to commemorate the 1517-2017 anniversary. Please visit the Events page for more information.