Death is free

Everyday life and piety before the Reformation

4 June – 21 September 2014
Opening: Tuesday, 3 June, 6:00pm
Böttchergäßchen 3, 04109 Leipzig

The exhibition invites you to take a tour of the world of religious beliefs in central Germany in the late Middle Ages. Contrary to popular opinion, these were not years of disorder in the church and of social unrest but were principally shaped by religious diversity. In combination with the exhibits (many of which are on display for the first time and in many cases have been left undisturbed in churches for over 500 years), new research results regarding everyday religious practice and on the religious mind-set open a unique window to the time of the era before Luther posted his 95 theses. Six exhibition sections illustrate the religious thinking and the living conditions which both influenced and formed Luther and his contemporaries here, in the heartland of the Reformation.

This exhibition is a central German cooperation project by the Museum of City History with the museums of Mühlhausen and the Magdeburg Museum of Cultural History.