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A History of the Reformation (Vol. 1 of 2)

Ex quo questui negava li Concilii Brieger


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257 Reichstagsakten_, ii. 578.

_ 258 Ibid._ pp. 550 ff., 557 ff., 591 ff. etc.

_ 259 Luther's Works_ (Erlangen edition), lxiv. 370.

260 Brieger, _Aleander_, etc. p. 152.

_ 261 Reichstagsakten_, ii. 530.

_ 262 Desiderii Erasmi Roterodami Opera Omnia_ (Leyden, 1703), iii. 1095: "Jam audio multis persuasum, ex meis scriptis exstitisse totam hanc Ecclesiae procellam: cujus verissimi rumoris praecipuus auctor fuit Hieronymus Aleander, homo, ut nihil aliud dicam, non superstitiose verax."

263 Brieger, _Aleander_, etc. p. 41.

_ 264 Reichstagsakten_, ii. 860 n.

_ 265 Ibid._ p. 860.

_ 266 Ibid._ p. 853.

_ 267 Ibid._ pp. 550, 551.

268 Myconius, _Historia Reformationis_, p. 39.

269 Walch, xv. 233.

_ 270 Reichstagsakten_, ii. 861.

_ 271 Reichstagsakten,_ ii. 555.

_ 272 Ibid._ p. 591.

_ 273 Ibid._ p. 861 n.

274 Cochlaeus, _Commentarius_, etc. p. 34.

justify;">_ 275 Reichstagsakten_, ii. 556-558, 581, 582, 591-594.

276 Aleander wrote that the Emperor said that he did not wish to hear more: _et allora fu detto per Cesar, che bastava et che non volera piu udir, ex quo questui negava li Concilii_ (Brieger, _Aleander_, etc. p. 153).

_ 277 Reichstagsakten_, ii. 862 (Dr. Peutinger to the Council of Augsburg). The famous ending: _Hie stehe ich, ich kann nicht anders thun, Gott helfe mir, Amen_, which gives such a dramatic finish to the whole scene, is not to be found in the very earliest records. It first appeared in an account published in Wittenberg without date, but which is probably very early, and also in the 1546 edition of _Luther's Works_, Various versions are given of the last words Luther uttered--_Gott helf mir, Amen_, in the _Acta Wormaciae_ (_Reichstagsakten_, ii, 557), which are believed to have been corrected by Luther himself; _So helf mir Gott, denn kein widerspruch kan ich nicht thun, Amen_, is given by Spalatin in his _Annales_ (p. 41). Every description of the scene coming from contemporary sources shows that there was a great deal of confusion; it is most likely that in the excitement men carried away only a general impression and not an exact recollection of the last words of Luther. If it were not for Dr. Peutinger's very definite statement written almost immediately after the event, there seems to be no reason why the dramatic ending should not have been the real one.

_ 278 Reichstagsakten_, ii. 636.

_ 279 Ibid._ p. 862.

_ 280 Ibid._ p. 558.

_ 281 Reichstagsakten_, ii. 636. Aleander says that Luther alone raised his hand and made this gesture; he was not present; the Spaniard who recounts the incident as given above was a spectator of the scene.


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