Motherland of the Reformation

Motherland of the Reformation


PROTESTANTISM AND POWER

Without the Electors of Saxony from the family of Wettin, Reformation might have never happened. Had they not protected Martin Luther, he would have probably been burnt at the stake. Frederick the Wise and his successors were less interested in Luther’s ideas than in weakening the power of the German Emperor and the increasingly cash-hungry papacy which had to finance its lavish lifestyle and the erection of St Peter’s Basilica in Rome. The Saxon Electors resided in Torgau and later in Dresden and their traces can be found in both Saxon cities even today.

Luther’s sponsors

It was in Torgau where the three Saxon Electors honored as “the Wise”, “the Steadfast” and “the Magnanimous” established the Protestant faith.
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Guardians of the new faith

The Electors and later Kings of Saxony made Dresden the political center of the Reformation and themselves “Guardians of Protestantism”.

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Bold venturers

Establishing Reformation was a struggle that was also fought decisively in the Saxon towns of Freiberg and Rochlitz and in Saxony’s old capital Meissen.

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