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intemperate language

The condemnation of Luther by the emperor Charles V in the Edict of Worms follows the current fashion for plain speaking:

'This devil in the habit of a monk has brought together ancient errors into one stinking puddle, and has invented new ones. His teaching makes for rebellion, division, war, murder, robbery, arson and the collapse of Christendom. He lives the life of a beast.'

Quoted Bamber Gascoigne The Christians, Cape 1977, page 159

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