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Tetzel, Johann (Johann Tezel)

Born: 1465? AD
Died: 1519 AD.

Nationality: German
Categories: Monks


1465 - Born in Pirna, Saxony.

1509 - Tetzel was appointed inquisitor for Poland and later for Saxony.

1503-1510 - His experiences as a preacher of indulgences, led to his appointment as commissary by Albert, archbishop of Mainz, who, deeply in debt to pay for a large accumulation of benefices, had to contribute a considerable sum toward the rebuilding of St. Peter's Basilica in Rome.

1516 - Tetzel preached for the indulgence in the German dioceses of Meissen, Magdeburg.

1517 - He was forbidden to do so in Wittenberg by the elector Frederick III the Wise of Saxony.

         - Tetzel's preaching at Jüterbog, near Wittenberg, in the spring of provoked Martin Luther's Ninety-five Theses at Wittenberg on the 31st of October, attacking the system of indulgences.

1518 - Tetzel withdrew to Leipzig priory.

1519 - Died on the 11th of August in Leipzig.


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