By Tom Scott

ISBN-10: 031202679X

ISBN-13: 9780312026790

ISBN-10: 134920224X

ISBN-13: 9781349202249

ISBN-10: 1349202266

ISBN-13: 9781349202263

Released at the quincentenary of Muntzer's start, this publication examines the perspectives and profession of 1 of the main militant figures of radical reformation in Germany. It attracts upon present examine to reconsider the past due medieval roots of his theology, which fused mystical, religious and apocalyptical traces, and stresses his achievements as a pastor and liturgical reformer in Saxony. the writer makes an attempt to combine Muntzer's theological imaginative and prescient together with his sluggish dedication to violent social uprising, and explains why his non secular convictions avoided him from drafting the blueprint of a brand new society, thereby proscribing his effectiveness and allure as chief of the rebels within the Peasants' struggle in crucial Germany. Tom Scott has additionally written "Freiburg and The Breisgau: Town-Country relatives within the Age of Reformation and Peasants' struggle" and edited "Politics and Society in Reformation Europe" with E.I. Kouri.

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The Zwickau couneil does not seem to have thought so, for three days later it agreed to call Hofer to account for his unwarranted accusations of heresy, but left Müntzer entirely unscathed. In fact, such disturbances were part and parcel of the early reforming movement. In many eities crowds, often of youths or students, gathered to attack Catholic parsons in rowdy outbursts of anticlericalism. Such ineidents, known collectively as Pfaffenstürme, occurred in both Wittenberg and Erfurt between 152Q3 and 15234 • Of course, Müntzer was no milk-and-water preacher.

CW 360. Ibid. 370. Ibid. 370--1 Ibid. 371. Cf. Richard Bailey, 'The sixteenth century's apocalyptic heritage and Thomas Müntzer', Mennonite Quarterly Review, LVII (1983), 34. Cf. Reinhard Schwarz, Die apokalyptische Theologie Thomas Müntzers und die Taboriten (Beiträge zur historischen Theologie, LV) (Tübingen, 1977). Cf. Goertz, ' "Lebendiges Wort" und "totes Ding" " 172. CW 54. 3 Ministry in AIIstedt The market town of Allstedt, situated thirty miles to the south-west of Halle in northern Thuringia, was a territorial enclave of the Saxon electors, surrounded by ducal Saxon lands and the sovereign counties of Mansfeld and Querfurt, the latter belonging to the secular territory of archbishops of Magdeburg.

Cf. Steven E. Ozment, Homo Spiritualis. A comparative study of the anthropology of Johannes Tauler, Jean Gerson and Martin Luther in the context of their theological thought (Studies in 15. Medieval and Reformation Thought, VI) (Leiden, 1969). Abraham Friesen, 'The intellectual development of Thomas Müntzer' in Rainer Postel and Franklin Kopitzsch (eds), Reformation und Revolution. Beiträge zum politischen Wandel und den sozialen Kräften am Beginn der Neuzeit. Rainer Wohlfeil zum 60. Geburtstag (Wiesbaden, 1988).

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