Diet of Worms

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The Diet of Worms (January-May 1521) was the assembly convened by Charles V, Holy Roman Emperor to address, among other issues, the works of the reformer Martin Luther (l. 1483-1546) who openly criticized the Church. Luther was told to recant and, when he would not, was charged with heresy, marking his official break with the Church.

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  • 18 Apr 1521
    Martin Luther refuses to recant at the Diet of Worms, is branded an outlaw.
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