The Radical reformation

edited and translated by Michael G. Baylor

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.

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  • Preface
  • Introduction
  • Chronology 1521-8
  • Bibliographical note
  • 1. Thomas Muntzer, The Prague Protest
  • 2. Thomas Muntzer, Sermon to the Princes (or An Exposition of the Second Chapter of Daniel)
  • 3. Andreas Karlstadt, Letter from the Community of Orlamunde to the People of Allstedt
  • 4. Conrad Grebel, Letter to Thomas Munzter
  • 5. Andreas Karlstadt, Whether One Should Proceed Slowly
  • 6. Thomas Muntzer, 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.

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書名 The Radical reformation
著作者等 Baylor, Michael G.
Wood Allen W.
シリーズ名 Cambridge texts in the history of political thought
出版元 Cambridge University Press
刊行年月 1991
ページ数 xxxvii, 295 p.
大きさ 23 cm
ISBN 0521370736
NCID BA13400253
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言語 英語
原文言語 ドイツ語
出版国 イギリス