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A defining paintings within the "Inner Emigration" literary circulation, Friedrich Reck-Malleczewen's heritage of the Münster Anabaptists used to be written in 1937 as a feedback of the Nazi regime. This English translation contains records, scholarly essays, and a close advent.

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16 A HISTORY OF T HE MÜNST ER ANABA P T IST S 30. Kleon was an Athenian politician and military commander who was originally a tanner. Despite his reputation as being cruel and brutal, he was an inspiring public speaker who used his talent to arouse Athenians into war with Sparta, which Athens won under his leadership in 425 BC. He was killed in the Battle of Amphipolis in 422 BC. 31. Francois-Noel Babeuf (1760–1797) was a socialist leader of the radical arm of the French Revolution who was convicted and executed for a planned overthrow of the existing revolutionary government.

When noblewomen swarm to his harem, and when all this comes to pass behind a steaming veil of blood, unbridled greed, and misunderstood legends from the Old Testament: then one might legitimately speak of mass insanity, of a mysterious psychosis overwhelming an entire community. Indeed we have in the history of the German Middle Ages more than a few examples of this kind of psychosis afflicting the masses, and thus we are today probably objective enough to register the laws of such bizarre occurrences as coolly as we would in the clinical description of a physical illness.

Bockelson too beheads his victims with his own hands but without that gruesome excess of strength that we can ascertain in Peter. He too turns a respectable and perhaps even a somewhat bland city into a bordello for eighteen months, 28 yet I would like to see anyone who could find in this man something of the excess of Pope Alexander the Sixth 29 or even the tragedy of Don Juan. Anyone who scratches here will at first find only a deep layer of hysteria, whoever scrapes further encounters a wretched and thoroughly inconsequential creature.

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