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Protestation at Speyer (1529)
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[German Version]

Until a council could settle the controverted theological issues, the first Diet of Speyer in 1526 had left it to the discretion of the territorial authorities in their responsibility toward God and the emperor to enforce the terms of the Edict of Worms (1521) against Luther and his followers. This decision provided the evangelical princes and cities a basis for institutionalizing the Reformation within the framework of a polity that put governance of the church in the hands of the civil authorities. The second Diet of Speyer (Feb–Apr 1529),…

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Zschoch, Hellmut, “Protestation at Speyer (1529)”, in: Religion Past and Present. Consulted online on 03 June 2020 <>
First published online: 2011
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004146662, 2006-2013

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