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Quiz: Martin Luther And The Protestant Reformation

Ten questions to see your knowledge of this time period where beliefs and faith in the Christian church changed dramatically.

Shadow of the Sword (The Headsman)

Nikolaj Coster-Waldau gives us a sympathetic Headsman in Reformation Austria, in the ‘Shadow of the Sword (The Headsman)’.

Does a Reformation End?: Rethinking Religious Simulation in Sixteenth-Century Italy

A paper examining the Italian Reformation.

The Dragon and the Storm The Saracen anti-knight in Orlando furioso and Gerusalemme liberata

The Dragon and the Storm The Saracen anti-knight in Orlando furioso and Gerusalemme liberata  Cam Lindley Cross University of Chicago, March 8 (2011) Abstract When Peter the Venerable commissioned Robert of Ketton to translate the Qur’an in 1142 CE, under the title Lex Mahumet pseudoprophete, it was with done for the express purpose of refuting Islamic doctrine […]

‘Cast out into the hellish night’: Pagan Virtue and Pagan Poetics in Lorenzo Valla’s De voluptate

Valla wrote about Epicureanism before the Renaissance rediscovery of classical Epicurean texts. Poggio Bracciolini had not yet circulated his newly-discovered manuscript of first century Epicurean philosopher Lucretius’ De rerum natura, and Valla wrote without access to Diogenes Laertius’ Lives of the Philosophers, which discussed Epicurus’ teachings in greater detail.

The Doctrine of Active Resistance in the Sixteenth Century

This article will explore the late medieval sources and the sixteenth century context of Continental Reformation theologians’ response to that agony of conscience.

Does Michelangelo’s poetic veil shroud a secret Luther?

The thesis poses a question derived from an unlikely nexus of two prominent figures of the Renaissance and the Reformation: the artist whose creative abilities ostensibly dominate the Vatican and religious art, juxtaposed with the rebel who splintered the dominance of Roman Catholicism.

German Hercules: The Impact of Scatology on the Definition of Martin Luther as a Man 1483-1546

Martin Luther’s employment of vulgarity, and specifically scatological vulgarity, in his writings and speech has drawn criticism, embarrassment, and accusations of psychological instability.

An Introduction to Olympia Morata, a Forgotten, Feminist Voice from Sixteenth Century Italy

An Introduction to Olympia Morata, a Forgotten, Feminist Voice from Sixteenth Century Italy Webb, Val (Augsburg College, Minneapolis, MN) Sea Changes, Vol.1 (2001) Abstract I met Olympia Morata in the British Library while searching for women lost from history. My search word ‘heroine’ uncovered an 1864 inspirational collection Heroines of the Household. Olympia was the […]

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