Ulrich von Hutten

Ulrich von Hutten (ŏŏl´rĬkh fən hŏŏt´ən), 1488–1523, German humanist and poet, partisan of the Reformation, an outstanding figure in German political history. Hutten's career as poet was launched by his participation in the famous Episculae obscurorum virorum (1515), which supported the cause of Reuchlin. In 1517 he was crowned poet laureate by Holy Roman Emperor Maximilian I. He wrote innumerable epigrams, speeches, and songs, although his main literary vehicle was dialogues; Arminius, the best known, is in the collection Gesprachsbüchlein (1521). A vehement patriot, he became an associate of Luther and joined Sickingen in his war on ecclesiastical princes. He died in exile, seeking asylum with Zwingli.

See biography by D. F. Strauss (tr. 1874, repr. 1970); study by T. W. Best (1969).

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FREE! Personality in German Literature before Luther
Kuno Francke.
Harvard University Press, 1916
Librarian’s tip: Chap. VI "The Humanist Revolt: Ulrich von Hutten"
FREE! History of the Christian Church
Philip Schaff.
C. Scribner's Sons, vol.1, 1882 (Revised edition)
Librarian’s tip: "Ulrich von Hutten and Luther" begins on p. 196
Charles V, Father of Europe
Gertrude von Schwarzenfeld.
Henry Regnery, 1957
Librarian’s tip: "Ulrich von Hutten and Charles V" begins on p. 66
FREE! A History of the Reformation
Thomas M. Lindsay.
T. & T. Clark, vol.1, 1907 (2nd edition)
Librarian’s tip: "Ulrich von Hutten" begins on p. 75
The Revolt of Martin Luther
Robert Herndon Fife.
Columbia University Press, 1957
Librarian’s tip: Discussion of Ulrich von Hutten begins on p. 507
FREE! Martin Luther, the Man and His Work
Arthur Cushman McGiffert.
The Century, 1911
Librarian’s tip: Discussion of Ulrich von Hutten begins on p. 160
FREE! A Short History of Germany
Ernest F. Henderson.
Macmillan Company, 1902
Librarian’s tip: Discussion of Ulrich von Hutten begins on p. 289
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