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The Dreadful History and Judgement of God on Thomas Müntzer by Andrew Drummond
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Feb 20, 2024 | ISBN 9781839768941

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“At last – a new account for our times of Thomas Müntzer, theologian and revolutionary. Drummond brings Müntzer and his world vividly to life. He shows us just why Müntzer hated Luther, and how he came to take up arms. What did it mean to be a revolutionary in sixteenth-century Germany? – Drummond shows us. You will be gripped and inspired by this exciting story – I couldn’t put it down.”
—Lyndal Roper, Regius Professor of History at Oxford, and author of Martin Luther: Renegade and Prophet

“Posterity has endorsed not just Luther’s victory but also his determined character assassination of his rival. Andrew Drummond’s scholarly but eminently readable, thoughtful, thorough and at times witty biography of Müntzer redresses the balance for English-speaking audiences”
—Professor Michael Russell, University of Glasgow

“Among the famous figures associated with 16th century Germany, that of religious thinker and social revolutionary Thomas Müntzer deserves to be far better known. Andy Drummond’s excellent, brilliantly written and entertaining, new biography delves deep into the archival material to draw out the history of a radical whose life is often obscured by propaganda and myth. As we approach the 500th anniversary of Müntzer’s execution, this book is the definitive account of his life.”
—Martin Empson, author of ‘Kill all the Gentlemen’: Class Struggle and Change in the English Countryside

“A blisteringly good book about personal enmity, and the difference between revolution and reform.”
—Daniel Brooks, Telegraph

“Drummond’s marvellous romp of a biography – part jolly Simon Winder-like deep dive into 16th-century Germania, part sagacious reflection on the Reformation in the manner of Diarmaid MacCulloch – aims to free Müntzer from his detractors.”
—Stuart Jeffries, Spectator

Table Of Contents

Wettin Family Tree
Map
Acknowledgements
Notes on the Text and Some Helpful Remarks

Introduction: A Most Useful Lesson

1. The End of the World
Historical and religious background to the German Reformation

2. The Devil Sowed His Seed
Müntzer’s early years

3. Murder and Riot and Bloodshed
Preacher in Zwickau (1520–1521)

4. He Ran Away like an Arch-villain
A visit to Prague (1521)

5. Satan Wandered in the Wilderness
Erfurt, Nordhausen and Halle (1522–1523)

6. Satan Made Himself a Nest in Allstedt
A fruitful year of activity in Allstedt (1523–1524)

7. His Face Was as Yellow as a Corpse’s
Rebellion in Allstedt (1524)

8. Using God’s Name, He Spoke and Acted for the Devil
Müntzer’s theology

9. The Devil Never Let Him Rest
Mühlhausen and Nürnberg (1524)

10. His Poisonous Seed
In south-west Germany at the time of the peasant uprising (1524–1525)

11. The Time Was Come
The Thuringian uprising (1525)

12. Thomas Would Catch All the Bullets in His Sleeves
The battle of Frankenhausen (May 1525)

13. How God Punishes Disobedience
The aftermath of defeat at Frankenhausen

14. Rebellious Violent Preachers
The early Anabaptists

15. The Devil in Person
Historiography
Conclusion
Chronology
Bibliography
Notes
Index

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