Birth of German Scholar Johannes Reuchlin

Birth of German Scholar Johannes Reuchlin

Johannes Reuchlin

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Johannes Reuchlin is born in Pforzheim, Germany. As a scholar of ancient Greek, Latin, and Hebrew, Johannes Reuchlin will object when a Cologne Dominican named Johannes Pfefferkorn persuades the emperor to destroy all Hebrew books. Pfefferkorn argues that Hebrew books are a danger to Christianity, but Reuchlin protests and is dragged before the Inquisition.

An outcry erupts from scholars and intellectuals all over, leading to Reuchlin's acquittal of heresy. His nephew will be Philip Melanchthon and, despite his own personal experiences at the hands of the the Catholic Church, Reuchlin will side with the pope against Melanchthon and Martin Luther in the Reformation.

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