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The Radical Reformation (Cambridge Texts in the History of Political Thought)

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This book is a collection of writings by early Reformation radicals that illustrates both the diversity and the areas of agreement in their political thinking. The texts are drawn from the period 1521-1527 and center on the major upheaval of those years for German society, the Peasants' War of 1524-1526.

The thinkers represented—Muntzer, Karlstadt, Grebel, Hut, Denck, and o
Paperback, 1st paperback edition, 338 pages
Published October 31st 1991 by Cambridge University Press (first published October 1st 1991)
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Well the Catholic Church wasn't a hierarchy afraid of the people for nothing! The peasants had been revolting throughout the centuries, but organized resistance amongst the Waldensians in the fifteenth century presaged this: the radical, i.e. actual, Reformation. Luther's attack on the church was coincidentally fought at the same time that Europe as a whole was moving from a rural to a primarily urban society in terms of value creation: hence, Luther was just the lucky guy who said what every Ca ...more
Read selections for my Luther class at Baylor with Dr. Whitford (Spring 2014).

Thomas Müntzer's Sermon to the Princes
15: fools (also pp. 20, 25?, 26)
17: resistance? (also pp. 28, 30-31)

Andreas Karlstadt's Letter from the Community of Orlamünde to the People of Allstedt
33: no violence against people, but violence against images
34-35: Israelites fled, but they also slaughtered

Andreas Karlstadt's Whether One Should Proceed Slowly
64-65: fools
65: did Martin Luther use this analogy? (a crazy mother let
This book brings together an excellent collection of reformers writings from the period of religious reformation where politics and religion were synonymous with each other. The topics are wide ranging from Muntzer to those who organized the peasants' revolt. Baylor provides a good introduction for each and in parts where the text are difficult adequate foot noting is provided. If you are looking for a good start to the primary sources of the Reformation you cannot do any better. This is a great ...more
Jeremiah Gumm
Jan 25, 2014 Jeremiah Gumm rated it 3 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Those interested in Reformation history
Recommended to Jeremiah by: Prof. James Korthals
A valuable collection of writings from those "on the fringe" during the Reformation era in Europe. The writings demonstrate how wide and varied the social viewpoints and theological beliefs were of those lumped into "The Radical Reformation". A worthwhile companion for those studying the Reformation era.
I read this text in my junior year of Hampden-Sydney Reformation History course with J. Michael Utzinger. We mainly used this text for Thomas Müntzer and Andreas Karlstadt readings.
Louis Hensler
In my opinion, an indispensable companion to the study of Luther's pamphlets concerning the Peasant Wars.
Timothy William
also ok, but I would like some more anabaptist and not a whole book about violent revolutionaries.
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