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Devon Harmon
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I'd like to think I'm not the only one who misinterpreted "Diet of Worms." After having purchased the game and reading the rules, I have come to learn that the phrase does not refer to what Luther ate while trying to hide from the Catholics. After reading more of the historical background apparently I was pronouncing it wrong. I now believe it to be "dee-yet" (like Japanese Parliament) and not "die-it" (like South Beach Diet). Also, worms is evidently some town where this body met to conduct business, and does not refer to annelids and nematodes.

Now I'm sure that when Luther burned the papal bull, he did not set fire to the pope's male cow. Perhaps bull is short for bulletein (I don't know how to spell it).

Would any one care to indulge me about indulgences? After the forgoing, I do not believe they are what I think they might be.

(I do not mean this to be sarcastic. I have always considered myself a learned person. This is just a testament to these "wargames" that I have recently discovered. I have learned so much from them in such a short time. I'm now hooked and looking for a copy of wilderness war. Always wanted to know more about the war between the French and the Indians (that last bit actually was sarcasm)).
 
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Re: Okay, so I'm and idiot.
Devon Harmon wrote:
Also, worms is evidently some town where this body met to conduct business, and does not refer to annelids and nematodes.


This 'body' was the assembly of all high ranking nobility of the HRRdN including Emperor Karl V. And the business in this case was to have Luther withdraw his opinion.

Devon Harmon wrote:
Now I'm sure that when Luther burned the papal bull, he did not set fire to the pope's male cow. Perhaps bull is short for bulletein (I don't know how to spell it).


The word bulletin has the same roots as bull. A bull was a significant stately or papal decree/document in the middle ages, which had a (usually metal) seal attached to it, the bulla.
 
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Re: Okay, so I'm and idiot.
Devon Harmon wrote:
Would any one care to indulge me about indulgences? After the forgoing, I do not believe they are what I think they might be.


From what I understand, indulgences are sort of a spiritual forgiveness handed out by the church, usually in exchange for some sort of service meant to be an act of contrition. Back in Luther's day, the church was in the habit of selling indulgences to sinners, in exchange for a monetary contribution, often to fund the rebuilding of St. Peter's Basilica. This is one of the practices of the church that Luther and his followers thought corrupt, and was one of the major objections of his Protestant Reformation.

This is just based on my very rough understanding of the history. Wikipedia has an excellent article on indulgences, and it's an interesting read. In fact, most of their articles on the Reformation are very insightful.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Indulgence
 
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Re: Okay, so I'm and idiot.
Devon,
"indulgences" were sold by travelling Catholic thugs as bits of worthless documents that were promised to "buy" your dead relatives a reprieve from purgatory. The uneducated masses were duped into believing that by making a big contribution to the Pope's coffers by purchasing an indulgence, they could spare their dead Grandpa some time in this limbo of purgatory (which is in itself an invention of the Catholic church).
For an excellent representation of this in the life of Martin Luther, go out and rent "Luther" on DVD. It's a great movie and explains many of the questions you had.
 
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FYI, not only were you mispronouncing "Diet," you're probably also mispronouncing "Worms." In German the "W" is pronounced as a "V," so "Worms" is pronounced "Vorms," and it rhymes with "forms," not "terms."
 
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