SNIPPET LESSON PLAN FOR:
SALE OF INDULGENCES IN THE MIDDLE AGES
Possible Problems for this Snippet: None.
Why Not Show the Whole Movie?The rest of the film appears to be a worshipful view of Martin Luther. TWM has not reviewed the accuracy of the film.
Location of Film Clips on the DVD:
The first clip consists of Chapter 3 of the film beginning at minute 8:05 when one monk explains to another why Martin Luther is being sent to Rome. It ends at minute 13:20 after Luther has climbed the steps and when he crumples the indulgence he has purchased. The second clip begins at Chapter 7, minute 32:32, when John Tetzel makes his entry into a city and ends at minute 38:20 at the point that Hanna runs to tell Luther that she has purchased an indulgence for her daughter.
Before Watching the Film Clips:
Other than the general introduction to the importance of Rome in the Middle Ages and the abuses of the sale of indulgences, no introduction to this Snippet is necessary.
After Watching the Film Clips:
Consider telling the class the following interesting facts:
John Tetzel, shown in the film, was one of the leading commissioners for the sale of indulgences. There is no textual evidence that John Tetzel said the words, "As soon as the coin in the coffer rings, the soul from purgatory springs." However, this is clearly implied from his writings. See Beggars All blog post for 1/712 by James Swan.
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This Snippet Lesson Plan written by James Frieden. It was published on July 22, 2015. Thanks to Steve Jessen, a history teacher at Palisades Charter High School in Los Angeles, for suggesting this film clip.
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