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Edict of Worms Declares Martin Luther an Outlaw and Heretic

The Diet of Worms was an assembly opened by Holy Roman Emperor Charles V to deal with the question of Martin Luther's recalcitrant behavior. Luther was asked to retract his teachings condemned by the pope, but he refused. Various theologians argued with him for a week, but he would not change his position. On April 26, Luther was formally declared an outlaw in the Edict of Worms, and the lines of the Reformation were thereby hardened. Who hid Luther to protect him from the Edict's enforcers?



The Hound of the Baskersvilles

The Hound of the Baskervilles is possibly the most popular of all of the Sherlock Holmes stories, written by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle and filmed at least 24 times since 1914. It was inspired by the regional mythology of the British Isles concerning hell-hounds and set largely on an area of moorland close to where Doyle was a general practitioner while writing the novel. Doyle wrote in the crime, detective, and mystery genres but had an interest in writing in what other genre as well?

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Ralph Waldo Emerson

Emerson, known as the "Sage of Concord," was a poet and essayist who established himself as a leading spokesman of transcendentalism and a major figure in American literature. The American lecture circuit of the 1830s was dominated by his winter lecture tours, which included the notable essays "The Over-Soul" and "Self-Reliance." Plato, the sacred books of the East, Swedenborg, and Kant all contributed to the development of his ideas. Who built a cabin next to a pond on land owned by him?

Last updated on Friday, 25th May 2007

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