Start Date

25-4-2022 9:00 AM

End Date

4-2022 12:00 PM

Disciplines

European History | History | History of Religion | Medieval History

Subjects

Anabaptists -- Germany -- Münster in Westfalen -- History -- 16th century, Münster in Westfalen (Germany) -- Church history -- 16th century, Münster in Westfalen (Germany) -- History -- 16th century, Germany -- History -- 1517-1648

Abstract

In February 1534, after rebelling against the authority of their Catholic prince-bishop, the German town of Münster fell under Anabaptist rule. During the next sixteen months, the city’s religious leaders would advocate in favor of Münster becoming a “community of goods,” in which all goods are shared in common. However, their egalitarian dream never fully materialized. This paper examines how the hidden motives of Münster’s political leaders both helped the Anabaptist Kingdom of Münster come into being and prevented the accomplishment of its economic goals.

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© 2022 Sonja Cutts

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https://archives.pdx.edu/ds/psu/37451

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Apr 25th, 9:00 AM Apr 1st, 12:00 PM

The Failure of the Anabaptist Kingdom of Münster

In February 1534, after rebelling against the authority of their Catholic prince-bishop, the German town of Münster fell under Anabaptist rule. During the next sixteen months, the city’s religious leaders would advocate in favor of Münster becoming a “community of goods,” in which all goods are shared in common. However, their egalitarian dream never fully materialized. This paper examines how the hidden motives of Münster’s political leaders both helped the Anabaptist Kingdom of Münster come into being and prevented the accomplishment of its economic goals.