"We are not swayed by the majesty or wealth of anyone."
-The Magdeburg Confession, 1550
In 1548, Charles V issued his infamous Augsburg Interim - an attempt to smash the Protestant Reformation. While all of Protestant Germany conformed to his decree, one city decided to take a stand and resist his authority - the City of Magdeburg.
The pastors of Magdeburg issued their Confession and Defense of the Pastors and Other Ministers of the Church of Magdeburg on April 13, 1550 AD.
Five months after issuing their Confession, Charles V’s forces marched on Magdeburg. The people of Magdeburg burned everything outside the city walls and closed the city gates.
The siege of Magdeburg had begun.