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Living I Was Your Plague by Lyndal Roper

Living I Was Your Plague: Martin Luther's World and Legacy

Lyndal Roper

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Imprint: Princeton University Press
Publisher: Princeton University Press
Publication date: 4 May 2021
ISBN: 9780691205304

From the author of the acclaimed biography Martin Luther: Renegade and Prophet, new perspectives on how Luther and others crafted his larger-than-life image Martin Luther was a controversial figure during his lifetime, eliciting strong emotions in friends and enemies alike, and his outsized persona has left an indelible mark on the world today.

4 stars out of 5
1 May 2021

"proves that a rigorously scholarly work can also be a pleasure to read"

Roper’s book proves that a rigorously scholarly work can also be a pleasure to read. It ends with a flourish, too: a chapter detailing the remarkable rise of “Luther kitsch”. The bestselling Playmobil figurine of all time, believe it or not, is the Luther one; in 2017 Luther marzipan, Luther rubber ducks and Luther socks adorned with his (possibly apocryphal) line, “Here I stand, I can do no other” flew off the shelves. Maybe that’s what happens when we’re not sure whether to praise or condemn the past: we respond, instead, with a slightly nervous laugh.