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Willibald Pirckheimer


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German humanist. His house at Nuremberg was a centre of learning. At the beginning of the Reformation he favoured M. Luther, whose chief opponent, J. Eck, he attacked in Eccius Dedolatus. But he regretted Luther's break with the Church, and in 1521 he asked to be absolved from the ban of excommunication which he had incurred as a follower of the Reformer.

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