After Martin Luther burned Pope Leo X’s papal bull condemning him as a heretic he was excommunicated in January of 1521. Subsequently, Emperor Charles V, who was under oath to defend the church and remove heresy from the empire, summoned Luther to the imperial Diet (assembly) meeting at Worms to give an account of his writings. Before the assembly Luther once again insisted that only Biblical authority would sway him. Charles V declared Luther an outlaw and gave him 21 days safe passage to Saxon before the sentence fell. Fortunately Luther was saved from arrest and death by the prince of Saxony, Duke Frederick the Wise.
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