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Legenden und Anekdoten um Luther
Informationen zur Zeit, in der Luther lebte
Die Welt um 1500
Luther und die deutsche Sprache
Luthers Verhältnis zu den Juden
Die (politische) Welt nach 1546
Luther - verteufelt und heroisiert
Der Lebenslauf Luthers
Informationen zu den Menschen in Luthers Umfeld
Veranstaltungen, Literatur, Internet

The Reformation as a Political Movement after Luther's Death

Establishment of the Schmalkadian Alliance

As a reaction to the Edict of Worms at the Imperial Diet of Augsburg in 1530, the protestant estates of the Empire founded the Smalkaldian Allliance in 1531. It maintained armed forces and its own budget.
After beginning success in the work of the alliance, the Emperor succeeded in finding and paralyzing the allies of the alliance. Stadtansicht Wittenberg

The Protestant Crisis and the Freedom of Worship in Augsburg

The Emperor defeated the protestant princes in the Smalkaldian War (1546-47), and after Wittenberg's surrender (1547), the Kurwürde (a council made up of 7 men who elected the king) elected the Emperor's ally, Moritz von Saxon, to rule over the defeated princes. The Emperor dictated an 'interim' period (1547-48) to the Protestants, which was a harsh blow for followers of protestantism.

Moritz von Saxon was supposedly loyal to the Emperor, but turned to the protestant side which had won its first success with the Contract of Passau (Passauer Vertrag) in 1552 and a second success with the Augsburg Freedom of Religion in 1554.
The qualifications of the freedom of religion allowed the princes to assert their judgement on how the reformation should continue within their lands - the subjects had to submit to this judgement (Cuius regio, eius relegio).

Copyright(c) KDG Wittenberg 1997
Copyright(c) KDG Wittenberg 1997