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The Tailor-King: The Rise and Fall of the Anabaptist Kingdom of Muenster

Arthur, Anthony

Verlag: St. Martin's Griffin, 2000
ISBN 10: 0312267835 / ISBN 13: 9780312267834
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Titel: The Tailor-King: The Rise and Fall of the ...

Verlag: St. Martin's Griffin

Erscheinungsdatum: 2000

Einband: Soft cover

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This Book is in Good Condition. Clean Copy With Light Amount of Wear. 100% Guaranteed. Summary: As the leader of a radical sect of persecuted Anabaptists in 16th-century Germany, Jan van Leyden created a New Zion and waited for the final apocalyptic battle against his godless oppressors. After repeated attacks by the local Prince Bishop were repulsed with humiliating ease by King Jan's army, the Prince Bishop and Charles V, Holy Roman Emperor, began a 16-month-long siege on the upstart king. Jan was ultimately defeated and was sentenced to death in the town square above which the cage he was imprisoned in still hangs today.A richly detailed story of religious fanaticism, The Tailor-King offers valuable insight into some of the most troubling aspects of our own time. Buchnummer des Verkäufers ABE_book_usedgood_0312267835

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Inhaltsangabe: He was only a Dutch tailor's apprentice, but from 1534 to 1535, Jan van Leyden led a radical sect of persecuted Anabaptists to repeated triumphs over the combined powers of church and state. Revered by his followers as the new David, the charismatic young leader pronounced the northern German city of Muenster a new Zion and crowned himself king. He expropriated all private property, took sixteen wives (supposedly emulating the biblical patriarchs), and in a deadly reign of terror, executed all who opposed him. As the long siege of Muenster resulted in starvation, thousands fled Jan's deadly kingdom while others waited behind the double walls and moats for the apocalyptic final attack by the Prince-Bishop's hired armies, supported by all the rulers of Europe.

With the sudden rise to power of a compelling personality and the resulting violent threat to ordered society, Jan van Leyden's distant story strangely echoes the many tragedies of the twentieth century. More than just a fascinating human drama from the past, The Tailor-King also offers insight into our own troubled times.

Vom Verlag: ["An informed account of the Muenster rebellion and the Anabaptist Uprising. Both the dramatic sides of the tale - the tragic and the ludicrous - are painted so vividly that the book is as hard to put down as a gripping piece of fiction." --Alasdair Heron, Professor of Reformed Theology at the University of Elrangen (Germany)

"Anthony Arthur has told the story of the Anabaptists in Muenster clearly and with commendable empathy, and has succeeded in placing this local and distant 16th-century event in the context of our present day. What happened in 1534-1535 with regard to the anticipated 'Day of Judgment' is now occurring in similar patterns as we approach the year 2000, and we can probably anticipate more such events in the future. As Arthur correctly says, 'The people of Muenster were recognizable like those of today' in many ways." --Dr. Karl-Heinz Kirchoff, author of THE SEIZE AND CONQUEST OF MUENSTER, 1534-1535

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