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Renaissance and Reformation (c1400-1600)

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  • Pfr Nikolaus Hausmann, Reformator (aft.1478 - 1538)
    Nikolaus Hausmann H. machte sich als enger Freund und Weggefährte Martin Luthers einen Namen und leistete als Prediger in Schneeberg, Zwickau, Dessau und Freiberg einen wichtigen Beitrag zur Ausbreitun...
  • Matthias Knopken (b. - 1581)
    Nameforms: Knopius, Matthias Knöpken, Matthias Knopken, Matthias Knopius, Matthias Knöpken, Matthias Knopus, Mattheus Knöpken, Matthias Erwähnt um 1539 , gestorben 1581 Place of birth Riga 1549 ...
  • Erkebiskop Andreas Knopius (c.1468 - 1539)
    Hoerschelman states the importance of Andreas Knöpkens work. He was a groundbreaking authority and leader in the movement of the Reformation both connected with the inner circles that developed the new...
  • Gabriel Didymus Zwilling (1487 - 1558)
    (longer story in German) Gabriel Zwilling also Gabriel Didymus (c. 1487 – 1 May 1558) was a German Lutheran and Protestant Reformer born near Annaberg, Electorate of Saxony. He was educated in Witten...
  • Georg Spalatin, Reformer & Humanist (1484 - 1545)
    Georg(e) Spalatin (German: [%CB%88%CA%83pa%CB%90lati%CB%90n]%29 was the pseudonym taken by Georg Burkhardt (German: [%CB%88%C9%A1e%CB%90%C9%94%CA%81k ˈbʊʁkhaʁt]; 17 January 1484 – 16 January 1545), a G...

Transitional period cultural, religious and political luminaries (c1400 - 1600).

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As medieval intuitions crumble, radical changes begin to take place in European society. The economy, politics, culture, and religion all undergo a kind of transformation that shapes the development of Western Civilization as it enters the “modern” era. Interestingly, the birth of modern society begins with a rebirth of classicism and ancient cultural traditions.
Human capability, ingenuity, and personality became the focus of the individual. The importance of social structure and hierarchy also became increasingly fluid. Society, though still stratified, was becoming less rigidly fixed as a hierarchy. Christian humility and sacrifice were also largely abandoned. Da Vinci, Michelangelo, Raphael, and other great artists of the day took pride in their talents and works of art. The idea of Humanism emerged as well. Humanist pursuits were esteemed, and the potential of the individual was stressed. Humanism permeated literature, philosophy, art, and even politics. The secularization and rationalization of politics altered the political landscape of Europe. . . . Continued