While Martin was taking a nap and studying, local printers found and decided to mass produce and distribute Luther's ideas to Wittenburg. Soon, many different print shops were spreading the word to other cities across Germany.
Yeah, better than your "let's post a paper asking for money to fund a suit of Pope Leo X gold armor" idea.
As Martin's radical new ideas swept through Germany and the rest of Europe, it reached powerful members in the clergy and eventually the pope himself. The pope, of course, was furious that this tiny monk in Wittenburg would challenge him and the Roman Catholic Church. He ordered Martin sent to the Cardinal in Germany, where he would recant. However, Martin did not recant, and was sent to the Diet of Worms.
WHO IS THIS MARTIN LUTHER QUESTIONING ME AND THE CHURCH?!?!?! WHO DOES HE THINK HE IS, SOME KING? We might as well call him Martin Luther King.
I'm in trouble.
Luther was brought before the Diet of Worms, a court that would decide his fate. Again, Luther refused to recant and was declared a wanted man. Luther hurried home to Wittenburg.
I cannot, and will not, recant.
Prince Fredrick IIII, a very powerful German prince, knew of a plot to get rid of Martin on his way back to Wittenburg. To prevent this, Fredrick "kidnapped" Martin and brought him to a safe castle in Wartburg Castle. Luther stayed there for almost a year. During his stay at Wartburg, Luther grew a full beard and dressed as a normal civilian. He also translated the New Testement into German, giving normal German people a chance to read the holy texts themselves.
.In May 1522, still with the threat of arrest, Martin returned to Wittenburg and began a new church called Lutheranism. This church had great support of German princes.
Hmmmm.... This seems oddly familiar. I just can't seem to place it. Where have I seen this before?
Martin died of a stroke on February 18, 1546 during a trip to his hometown of Eisleben. He was 62 years old.