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False Prophets and Preachers : Henry Gresbeck's Account of the Anabaptist Kingdom of Munster (Hardcover)
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"In February 1534, a radical group of Anabaptists, gripped with apocalyptic fervor, seized the city of Mèunster and established an idealistic communal government that quickly deteriorated into extreme inequality and theocratic totalitarianism. In response, troops hired by the city's prince-bishop laid siege to the city. Fifteen months later, the besieged inhabitants were starving, and, in the dead of the night, five men slipped out. Separated from his fellow escapees, Henry Gresbeck gambled with his lifeby approaching enemy troops. Taken prisoner, he collaborated with the enemy to devise a plan to recapture Mèunster and later recorded the only eyewitness account of the Anabaptist kingdom of Mèunster. Gresbeck's account, which attempts to explain his role in the bizarre events, disappeared into the archives and was largely ignored for centuries. Before now, Gresbeck's account was only available in a heavily edited German copy adapted from inferior manuscripts. Christopher S. Mackay, who previously produced the only modern translation of the main Latin account of these events, has adhered closely to Gresbeck's own words to produce the first complete and accurate English translation of this important primary source"--From publisher's website.
Number of Pages: 317
Genre: Religion + Beliefs, History
Series Title: Early Modern Studies
Publisher: Truman State Univ Pr
Street Date: July 15, 2016
Item Number (DPCI): 248-41-6277
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