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A difficult hero

Paul Gibson looks at a recent academic exploration of the life of Martin Luther

Paul Gibson

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Detail of Luther by Robert Boissard, after Lucas Cranach the Elder, c.1597 | photo: JEB

Renegade and Prophet
By Lyndal Roper
Vintage. 592 pages. £14.99
ISBN 978 1 784 703 448

Martin Luther is nothing if not a divisive figure. To many evangelicals he is a great hero. To others he is something of a villain. In this thoroughly researched biography, secular historian Lyndal Roper, Regius Professor of History at Oxford, seeks to steer an objective middle course.