Talk: Luther and the Invention of the Reformation
  • Theatre 2, Plymouth University

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Luther’s posting of 95 Theses to the door of the Wittenberg Castle Church in 1517 is among the most famous events of the Reformation. But did it really happen?

This talk reviews the evidence, and concludes it probably didn’t. So how did a ‘non-event’ end up becoming the defining moment of the Reformation and an iconic episode of the modern historical imagination?

Peter Marshall from the University of Warwick explores what Luther’s theses-hammering has meant in different times and places, and the variety of purposes to which it has been put.

Date: Thursday 15 February
Time: 19:00
Venue: Theatre 2, Plymouth University
Tickets: £6 (standard)/£4.20 (concessions)/Peninsula Arts Friends free/ Free to Plymouth University students via SPIA


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