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Book/Printed Material On Monastic Vows. De votis monasticis

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  • On Monastic Vows.

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  • De votis monasticis


  • De votis monasticis (On monastic vows) is Martin Luther's attack on the monastic life. Coming just four years after he posted his 95 theses in Wittenberg, the work was an important component of his broader plans for reforming the Christian church in the West. In this booklet, which was written during his stay at Wartburg Castle in 1521-a time when Luther was moving beyond his attacks on indulgences to other issues-the great reformer argued that monks and nuns can violate their vows without committing a sin, since these vows are in any case invalid. De votis monasticis forms one part of a series of pamphlets addressing different sacraments of the Catholic Church, including the mass and confession. Luther also used his time at the Wartburg to begin work on his magnum opus, the translation of the Bible from the original languages into German.


  • Luther, Martin, 1483-1546 Author.

Created / Published

  • [place of publication not identified] : Melchior Lotter d.J., 1521.


  • -  Germany--Saxony-Anhalt--Wittenberg
  • -  1521
  • -  Catholic Church
  • -  Monastic and religious life
  • -  Reformation


  • -  Title devised, in English, by Library staff.
  • -  Original resource extent: 60 leaves ; 21 centimeters.
  • -  Original resource at: Hill Museum & Manuscript Library.
  • -  Content in Latin.
  • -  Description based on data extracted from World Digital Library, which may be extracted from partner institutions.


  • 1 online resource.

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  • Arca Artium Rare Books

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  • 2021666828

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Luther, Martin, Author. On Monastic Vows. [place of publication not identified: Melchior Lotter d.J, 1521] Pdf.

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Luther, M. (1521) On Monastic Vows. [place of publication not identified: Melchior Lotter d.J] [Pdf] Retrieved from the Library of Congress,

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Luther, Martin, Author. On Monastic Vows. [place of publication not identified: Melchior Lotter d.J, 1521] Pdf. Retrieved from the Library of Congress, <>.