Unlike Martin Luther, von Hutten tried to enforce reformation by political and military means, too.
Hutten tried to convince Erasmus of Rotterdam to side with the Reformation. Erasmus refused to take sides, and he also refused to see Hutten when the latter came to Basel in 1523, ill and impoverished, to see him.
For the final 15 years of his life, Hutten was suffering of syphilis of which he died in seclusion on the isle Ufenau on Lake Zurich.
Hutten's refuge to Ufenau and his death are the subject of a poem by Conrad Ferdinand Meyer, Huttens letzte Tage.
ULRICHVONHUTTEN (1488-1523), was born on the 21st of April 1488, at the castle of Steckelberg, near Fulda, in Hesse.
Hutten now warmly and openly espoused the Lutheran cause, but he was at the same time mixed up in the attempt of the "Ritterstand" to assert itself as the militia of the empire against the independence of the German princes.
UlrichvonHutten is one of those men of genius at whom propriety is shocked, and whom the mean-spirited avoid.
Maximilian I., der Hutten wahrscheinlich in sein eigenes Propagandaprogramm integrieren wollte, zeichnete ihn mit der Dichterkrone aus.
UlrichvonHutten betätigte sich als Propagandist und veröffentlichte in diesem Zusammenhang den Phalarismus, einen in der Unterwelt angesiedelten Dialog zwischen dem antiken Despoten Phalaris und einem deutschen Tyrannen - ungenannt, aber unverkennbar Ulrichvon Württemberg.
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