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New Jerusalem: The short life and terrible death of Christendom's most defiant Sect.

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IN FEBRUARY 1534 a radical religious sect whose disciples were being persecuted throughout Europe seized the city of Münster, in the German-speaking land of Westphalia. They were convinced that they were God's Elect, specially chosen by the Almighty to be the first to ascend to Paradise on Judgement Day, as told in the Book of Revelation. And it would all happen here, in ' ...more
Hardcover, 384 pages
Published October 29th 2018 by William Heinemann Australia (first published 2018)
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Su Carter
Apr 04, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This book looks at a Anabaptist sect in Germany/Holland in the 1500's, and how both the Lutherans & Roman Catholics joined together to wipe them out. How the sect spiralled into chaos, debauchery and lost their core beliefs, as the siege of Munster continued. There is similarity with today's ISIS and other fundamental faiths. The writing style is engaging and fast paced, it reads like a novel. I found it a very good read. ...more
Natasha Wyndham
Mar 10, 2020 rated it it was ok
Shelves: crap
At 320 pages it felt long. I don't feel like I got any insight into the society this all unfolded in, just a lot of vague generalisations.

And it was repetitive. It found lots of ways to repeat the same couple of points over and over again. And it seemed to reiterate things that had already been described. And it was repetitive.

It's frustrating, because it's a fascinating topic it was clearly well researched. But it was painfully tedious to read.
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Scott Wearne
Aug 10, 2019 rated it it was amazing
A classic case of the truth being stranger than fiction
As is often the way what occurred in history repeats with lessons we can learn from now
David
Dec 08, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Excellent work of narrative history and insight. This is a book I’ll show to friends who think history is a boring list of facts. So vivid and informative in its writing. My very minor issue was the politically partisan “Afterword” which was more an attack on Trump and Pence then it was a reflection on the relevance of a 16th century extreme religious movement. A deeper look into the general psychology of why people have rigid eschatological and moral beliefs, both secular and religious, would h ...more
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PAUL HAM is a historian specialising in 20th century conflict, war and politics. Born and raised in Sydney, Paul has spent his working life in London, Sydney and Paris. He teaches narrative non-fiction at SciencesPo in Reims and English at l'École de guerre in Paris. His books have been published to critical acclaim in Australia, Britain and the United States, and include: 'Hiroshima Nagasaki', a ...more

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