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The Radical Reformation

The Radical Reformation



Part of Cambridge Texts in the History of Political Thought

  • Date Published: October 1991
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9780521379489

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  • This 1991 book is a collection of writings by early Reformation radicals which illustrates both the diversity and the areas of agreement in their political thinking. The texts are drawn from the period 1521–7, centring on the German Peasants' War of 1524–6. The thinkers represented - Muntzer, Karlstadt, Grebel, Hut, Denck, and others - differed on important theological issues, yet all rejected the magistral reformation as serving the interests of society's elites. They advocated a strategy of Reformation from below, a sweeping transformation of society to the benefit of the lay commoner and the local community. With the start of the Peasants' War, radicals divided over the issue of the legitimacy of force. This division shaped the ways in which they confronted the failure of the Peasants' War and the alternate strategies for survival developed in its aftermath. Appended to the texts are a number of political programmes of the Peasants' War. These documents illustrate ways in which the radicals contributed to the uprising, and how the war itself led to greater clarity in the political theory of the radical Reformation.

    • A collection of writings by early Reformation radicals, including Thomas Muntzer, of the period 1521–7, advocating a sweeping transformation of society to the benefit of the common people
    • This was the first time that unabridged translations of these works appeared together in one volume
    • Michael G Baylor is a recognised specialist in the subject, author of numerous journal articles
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    Product details

    • Date Published: October 1991
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9780521379489
    • length: 338 pages
    • dimensions: 216 x 140 x 18 mm
    • weight: 0.52kg
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    Chronology 1521–8
    Bibliographical note
    1. Thomas Müntzer, The Prague Protest
    2. Thomas Müntzer, Sermon to the Princes (or An Exposition of the Second Chapter of Daniel)
    3. Andreas Karlstadt, Letter from the Community of Orlamünde to the People of Allstedt
    4. Conrad Grebel, Letter to Thomas Münzter
    5. Andreas Karlstadt, Whether One Should Proceed Slowly
    6. Thomas Müntzer, A Highly Provoked Defense
    7. Felix Manz, Protest and Defense
    8. Anonymous, To the Assembly of the Common Peasantry
    9. Hans Denck, On the Law of God
    10. Hans Hut, On the Mystery of Baptism
    11. Michael Sattler, The Schleitheim Articles
    12. Balthasar Hubmaier, On the Sword
    13. Han Hergot, On the New Transformation of the Christian Life
    Appendices: Programs of the Peasants' War: a) The Eleven Muhlhausen Articles
    b) The Twelve Articles of the Upper Swabian Peasants
    c) The Memmingen Federal Constitution
    d) The Document of Articles of the Black Forest Peasants
    e) The Forty-six Frankfurt Articles
    f) Michael Gaismair's Territorial Constitution for Tyrol
    Biographical notes
    Notes to the texts.

  • Instructors have used or reviewed this title for the following courses

    • Reformation Europe
  • Editor

    Michael G. Baylor, Lehigh University, Pennsylvania

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