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Answered 2012-08-28 13:37:18

Basically, because the prince (elector of saxony) feared that all the power the church had attained. So he began to question the authority of the church under the Catholic Emperor for example, why did all of the income from the taxes go to the church? why not Germany too? So nationalistic pride formed and the only way the prince could achieve this was to resist and defy the power of the Catholic Church. Thus, he protected Luther because his ideology was quite similar to his own and he defied the church too. Hope that makes sense!

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