Luther at Wartburg Castle is a biographic chronicle of the great Reformer Martin Luther, covering a crucial period of his life.
Martin Luther was taken from the spotlight by Friedrich the Wise, who felt Luther's fame was troublesome in the context of the religious upheaval ongoing at the time. It was determined that Luther should stay in Wartburg Castle, and furthermore disguise his appearance so that he would not be recognized by those manning the great structure.
Having grown a beard, Luther assumed the identity of 'Knight George', and was thus able to stay in the castle unmolested. Although the harsh and cold environment wore on his health, during this period of seclusion Luther was able to compose one of the most important translations of his life - that of the Biblical New Testament.
Although Luther was separated from his supporters, he continued to correspond regularly with them via letters. He was aware of events unfolding in the religious epicenter of Wittenburg, and in wider Europe. These letters are alluded to in this work, which draws upon Luther's own writings as a primary source.
John Gottlieb Morris was a Lutheran minister who wrote many books on religious topics in the 19th century. As well as being a pastor, Morris was a passionate collector of books, assembling many thousands of volumes of known and obscure works for his library.