Staging Luther: Four Plays by Hans Sachs

Staging Luther: Four Plays by Hans Sachs


Authors and Translators: Annis N. Shaver, Ian A. MacPhail-Fausey, Clara G. Hendrickson, Robert Kolb

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English, Literature, and Modern Languages



The book contains four plays written by Hans Sachs, a troubadour, playwright, shoemaker, and important compatriot and supporter of Martin Luther.

Unlike Sachs' well-known poem "The Wittenberg Nightingale" (also included here in a new translation), the plays have not been translated into English until now and will be a boon for researchers and students who can now read them for the first time.

The plays are full of scriptural references and are generally written as dialogs between a Luther supporter and a Catholic cleric. Inevitably the Luther supporter wins the argument, but not without some name-calling and strong derision towards the Papist discussant!

In addition to the plays, the book provides historical commentary on the importance of Sachs' support of Luther, as well as annotations related to the translation and word choices along with cultural information to support the translations.

It is an important scholarly contribution to the ongoing work of reformation scholarship in the English language.




Hans Sachs, plays, Martin Luther, translation, annotation

Publication Date



Fortress Press


Minneapolis, Minnesota, United States of America


German Language and Literature | History of Religion | Playwriting

About the Author

Annis Shaver has been teaching German and Linguistics at Cedarville University since 2005. As the wife of a career Army officer, she has taught German and English in locations across the United States and in Germany, in both academic and non-academic venues. She has presented at numerous professional conferences, including the American Educational Research Association (AERA), Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL), and The History of Education Society (HES). She has published in The Journal of Research in Science Teaching, and Journal of Teaching and Teacher Education. Her research interests include pragmatic language and the history of language instruction.

Staging Luther: Four Plays by Hans Sachs