Table Talk From Luther I Bet You Don’t Hear Around Your Own Table…

A Eunuch Regrets His Castration
(Between December 11, 1532, and January 2, 1533)

Master Forstemius said that a certain brother named Lawrence, a Waldensian minister, had had himself castrated in his youth and confessed that in his old age he regretted it, for he burned more with desire then than before.

Dr. Martin [Luther] replied, “Yes, indeed, eunuchs are more ardent than anybody else, for the passion doesn’t disappear but only the power. For my part I’d rather have two pair [of testicles] added than one pair cut off.”

Luther’s table conversation was colorful… to say the least.