Andreas Karlstadt


Andreas Karlstadt (also given as Carlstadt, l. 1486-1541) was a reformer, theologian, and early supporter of Martin Luther (l. 1483-1546) in the movement that became known as the Protestant Reformation. Karlstadt was one of Luther's most ardent advocates until 1522 when Luther denounced Karlstadt's innovations to liturgy in Wittenberg and villainized him.

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  • 1486 - 1541
    Life of Reformer and theologian Andreas Karlstadt.
  • 1499 - 1505
    Andreas Karlstadt is educated at universities of Erfurt and Cologne.
  • 1510
    Andreas Karlstadt is archdeacon and head of Department of Theology at Wittenberg.
  • 1512
    Andreas Karlstadt awards young Martin Luther his doctorate degree at Wittenberg.
  • 1515 - 1516
    Andreas Karlstadt travels to Rome to study, and receive, his law degree.
  • 1517
    Andreas Karlstadt agrees with Luther that the Church needs reform; encourages Luther's efforts.
  • 1519
    Andreas Karlstadt is a central participant, with Luther, in the Debate at Leipzig against Johann Eck of the Catholic Church.
  • 1521 - 1522
    Andreas Karlstadt is the central reformer in Wittenberg advocating for radical change.
  • 1521
    Andreas Karlstadt marries 15-year-old Anna von Mochau in defiance of the Church's prohibition on clerical marriage.
  • 1522 - 1524
    Luther denounces Karlstadt as a radical and prohibits him from publishing or preaching.
  • 1524
    Karlstadt's life is threatened at the outbreak of the German Peasants' War and he seeks sanctuary at Luther's house.
  • 1529
    Karlstadt and his family leave Germany for Switzerland where he is welcomed by Zwingli and his followers.
  • 1534 - 1541
    Andreas Karlstadt is Dean of University of Basel until his death.