Detailed Timeline Of Martin Luther and the German Reformation

This is a timeline from 1510 to 1556 which tracks the German reformation, I'm sorry if anything important is missing but i have tried to include as much relevant info as possible.

The information that I used was primarily from the Access to History textbook called "Luther and the German Reformation 1517-55" (3rd Edition) by Russel Tarr and Keith Randell. 

I hope this is useful :) 

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Detailed Timeline of Martin Luther and
the German Reformation

Luther makes a pilgrimage to Rome; he went by foot which took 2 months.


Luther assumed a lecturing post at Wittenberg University


Luther developed the idea of "sola fide"- he believed that faith alone is what gets a…

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individual and God and that priests had no special role to play in this matter: this stripped the
church of the right to sell indulgences which in Luther's eyes were worthless.

November ­ Luther write his third important pamphlet of 1520 called "On the Freedom of a
Christian" (also called…

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February ­ "The Twelve Articles of the German Peasants" was published by peasants
assembled in Memmingen, in southern Germany.

March ­ Luther publishes his "Admonition to Peace" which is a response to the Twelve
Articles in which he blames both the Princes and the peasants for the unrest and claims…

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the representatives of fourteen imperial cities. The now called Protestants, protested
against all of the measures of the Diet which they found contrary to the word of God.

April - Luther published his small and large Catechisms, in the form of questions and answers
about the Lutheran faith. They were…

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December ­ The towns/ cities of Anhalt, Wurttemberg, Pomerania, Augsburg, Hanover,
Frankfurt am Main and Kempten all joined the Schmalkaldic League.


Philip of Hesse's reputation was destroyed following a bigamy scandal; this had negative
implications for the Schmalkaldic league because it appeared to damage its credibility.


At the…

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to a state where their preferred religion was practiced. Although Luther had been dead for
almost a decade at this point and Charles V was close to retirement, the Peace of Augsburg
marked a significant change in the tolerance of Protestantism.


Charles V abdicated as Holy Roman Empire in…


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