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Luther. The years of faith and freedom

Monday 18 September 2017, 7.00PM to 9pm

*Please note, this event takes place at the Italian Cultural Institute in London and not at the University.

The trace left by Martin Luther and his Reformation in European culture and society is so deep that, without the values inherited from him, it would be impossible for us to understand some of the wounds of today’s world. Behind open issues like wars founght in the name of God, the right of freedom of religion, the crisis of the primacy of politics, it is possible indeed to find the motivations and the outcomes of the conflict between the German monk and the Roman papacy.

On the occasion of the 5th centenary of the posting of the 95 Theses on the door of the Castle Church in Wittenberg, the Italian Cultural Institute hosts a lecture by Prof. Adriano Prosperi about Luther’s "first, still catholic years", until the big events of 1520-21, the excommunication by the Pope Leo X, the retirement in the Wartburg Castle and the huge endeavour of translating the Bible into German. Adriano Prosperi – author of the just published book Lutero. Gli anni della fede e della libertà – will talk about the first years of the Reformation with Simon Ditchfield.

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Adriano Prosperi has been Professor of History of Reformation and Counter-Reformation at the Scuola Normale Superiore in Pisa, of which he is currently Professor Emeritus. He has previously been Professor at the Universities of Calabria and Bologna. He is fellow of the Accademia dei Lincei and the Accademia degli Intronati. Among his publications: Tribunali della coscienza, Turin 1996; L’eresia del libro grande, Milan 2000. his books appeared in English are: Infanticide, Secular Justice, and Religious Debate in Early Modern Europe (Brepols) and Crime and Forgiveness (to be published by Harvard University Press).

Simon Ditchfield is Professor of Early Modern History at the University of York. He has been a member of the Accademia Ambrosiana, Milan and a Fellow of the Royal Historical Society, both since 1998. For the two-year period 2006-08 he was holder of a British Academy Research Leave fellowship. The projected outcome of this award will be the volume Papacy and People: The Making of Roman Catholicism as a World Religion, 1500-1700 for the Oxford History of the Christian Church series (published by OUP) which he is currently bringing to completion.

Location: Italian Cultural Institute, 39 Belgrave Square, London, SW1X 8NX