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The Anabaptists

1st Edition

By Hans-Jurgen Goertz


236 pages

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The Anabaptists were at the radical, utopian edge of the Reformation, ruthlessly repressed by Catholic, Lutheran and secular authorities alike. Hans-Jurgen Goertz gives a comprehensive account of their political and religious significance, their views, and their social setting within the wider context of the Reformation. Particular attention is paid to the role and experience of women and of 'ordinary' Anabaptists in addition to those of the educated elite. Whilst the focus of the book is on Germany, extensive coverage is also given to Anabaptism in England, Switzerland, the Netherlands and elsewhere.

This English edition includes a new introduction which considers the historiographical context of the book. The opening chapter has also been expanded to include a section on the emergence of Anabaptism in England.

The Anabaptists has been fully revised since its publication in German, and takes account of the most recent historiography on the subject. It also includes a selection of primary sources together with a full listing of important Anabaptist works.


'Good general accounts of Anabaptism are rare in English, and this English edition, based on a 1988 revision and incorporating some material on English Anabaptists and a new chapter on the 'ordinary' Anabaptist, is most welcome… this is a valuable and provocative book.' : Theological Studies Vol 48 No. 2 Oct 97

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