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

The Tailor-King: The Rise and Fall of the Anabaptist Kingdom of Muenster By Anthony Arthur, The Tailor King The Rise and Fall of the Anabaptist Kingdom of Muenster He was only a Dutch tailor s apprentice but from to Jan van Leyden led a radical sect of persecuted Anabaptists to repeated triumphs over the combined powers of church and state Revered by
  • Title: The Tailor-King: The Rise and Fall of the Anabaptist Kingdom of Muenster
  • Author: Anthony Arthur
  • ISBN: 9780312267834
  • Page: 196
  • Format: Paperback
  • The Tailor-King: The Rise and Fall of the Anabaptist Kingdom of Muenster By Anthony Arthur, 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 privateHe 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.
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    1. Read this back in the year 2000 Thanks to this post from the Marginal Mennonite Society I gained access to the following excerpt The following is excerpted from The Tailor King The Rise Fall of the Anabaptist Kingdom of Munster by Anthony Arthur St Martin s Press, 1999 , pp 78 82 As Jan van Leyden s grip on the city of Munster tightened, Bishop von Waldeck s army prepared for its first assault In March his military engineers had recommended draining the outer moat to allow the storming of the ou [...]


    2. Anthony Arthur, inspired by the modern day drama of David Koresh and siege directed against him and the Branch Davidians by the US government, undertakes to share the story of the so called M nster Rebellion 1534 35 , focused on the charismatic leader Jan van Leyden and those in his radical Anabaptist circle The story is better known in Europe, and is the subject of extensive German scholarship, but remains less well known to English speakers and those in the New World Arther gives as the reason [...]


    3. Historical events explained in a gripping easily digestible narrative.A story from the middle ages with parallels to modern conflict and despotic rulers Forensically written and researched I knew nothing of the siege of Munster or Jan Van Leyden until I read Wolf Trial a fiction Novel by Neil Mackay also excellent imho This sparked my interest to learn about the actual events I was not disappointed Arthur breaks down a complex well for me anyway historical episode and its main characters into a [...]


    4. The truth, as they say, is stranger than fiction The story has everything you d expect from a good drama, and nothing you d expect from a non fiction book about an obscure religious sect Murder, brainwashing, treason, psychopathy, sacrifice, siege, torture, lust, greed, you name it Worth the quick read, despite the confusing mass of similar sounding names.


    5. 3 stars for writing, but 5 stars for compelling, real life weird bit of history It s the reformation and religious and social tumult is rolling across Europe As if those Lutherans weren t crazy enough, along come the Anabaptists The Anabaptists don t believe in infant baptism They also have a millenarian streak They are persecuted throughout Europe In the walled city state of Muenster, in present day Germany, Anabaptist ideas have taken hold among some of the population Anabaptists live alongsid [...]


    6. The Rise and fall of the Anabaptist kingdom of Munster is a surprisingly little known historical incident, surprising because it is such an extraordinary story The tale of King Jan and his nearly two year occupation of Munster The Kingdom of God has been cited as an historical example of a successful medieval proto communist popular uprising, but it really shouldn t be Anthony Arthur s excellent book paints it as horrific tragedy tempered occasionally with high farce It is the classic tale of ho [...]


    7. More like 2.5 5 Arthur takes an exciting episode of Reformation history and makes it feel mundane A few of the chapters really sizzle, but for the most part reading this book felt like a chore, and I literally fell asleep while reading it at one point I think the reason that the book doesn t fulfill its potential is that Arthur doesn t do a good enough job of putting the Muensterites into their larger Anabaptist and Reformation contexts he is not a Reformation historian He tries to make their st [...]


    8. Anthony Arthur has complied a riveting account of the often brutal and always bizarre events surrounding the Anabaptist Kingdom of Munster The author does a masterful job introducing us to the extraordinary cast of characters, portraying them in remarkable detail despite their being nearly five centuries removed Arthur is a first rate story teller who clearly knows his subject and we are the beneficiaries.


    9. This is a fantastic book detailing the life of the Anabaptists around Munster in the 1530 s Talks about how the Anabaptist extremists took control of the city and the siege that held them in ultimately resulting in their demise The amount of cruelty, by today s standards, is mind blowing A fascinating read on how a simple intellectual contagion can cause so much destruction.


    10. In the early sixteenth century, the German city of M nster was seized and held for a year by violent psychopathic Anabaptists If that wasn t a hell of a story already, Arthur brings it to life in grisly Technicolor Highly recommended.





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