Commencing 5 February until early 2020, the National Library of Latvia (NLL) is maintaining an educational site – www.luters.lv – a digital version of the stories in the NLL exhibition Luther. The Turn (01.11.2017.–04.02.2018.) about late medieval piety, Martin Luther's (1483–1546) struggle against indulgences and conflict with the Roman Catholic Church, the spread of his teachings and the way in which the Lutheran Reformation contributed to the development of the written Latvian language.
The site offers video stories in five sections: Before Luther, Piety in the Middle Ages, Luther makes a stand, Luther's message spreads, Luther's songs, the Bible and Luther. The site is designed to be easy to use on different devices – computers, mobile phones or tablets.
Martin Luther's 95 theses published in Wittenberg in 1517 and the Reformation they initiated transformed Europe. Luther's ideas changed not only the relationship between man and God, but also his secular life, creating a world in which sin has less significance than mercy, but words have more value than traditions. Lutheranism also strongly influenced the culture of Livonia (today’s Latvia and Estonia), promoting the creation of the Latvian and Estonian written languages and text cultures in the first decades of the Reformation, and influencing future development for several centuries.
Website developer: Cube
Funded by: Latvia's Centenary Programme, Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Federal Republic of Germany
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