WHAT WAS HIS CAREER PATH?
Valentin entered Maulbronn Monastery at an early age and remained there until the monks were forced to leave the monastery during the Peasants' War of 1525. He was given a rectorship in Löwenstein. He was open-minded about the ideas put forth by the Reformation and encountered several reform-minded theologians during this time, including Johannes Brenz from Schwäbisch Hall. In 1532, he left Löwenstein and moved to Feuchtwangen, where his cousin lived, and where he pledged himself to the Reformation by marrying his arranged wife, Margarete. It was here that he witnessed the conversion of the monastery into a grammar school.