Erstanden ist der heilig Christ- Luther lute

HANS HOLBEIN 1533 - Painter at the Court of Henry VIII - THE AMBASSADORS           

Henry VIII, Martin Luther and Defense of the Seven Sacraments

On the lower table, you can see an 11-stringed lute and an open book of music. But notice the broken string: this is commonly regarded as evoking ecclesiastical disharmony during the Reformation. Would things be improved simply if the reformers returned to the fold? Is this more Catholic propaganda? Well, the fascinating thing is that the book is in fact a Lutheran hymnal and the hymn is Luther’s own composition KOM HEYLIGER GEYST