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The Tailor-King: The Rise and Fall of the Anabaptist Kingdom of Muenster by Anthony Arthur
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Write a customer review. Read reviews that mention munster anabaptists religious arthur catholic reformation city movements today events group king carlin european germany peaceful movement subject political northern. There was a problem filtering reviews right now. Please try again later. Kindle Edition Verified Purchase. Remarkable similarity exists between the two movements. Like European Anabaptists, Boko Haram was a largely peaceful group practicing their own brand of Islam, until official persecution turned it violent.
The power of this message among some ordinary northern Nigerians is evidenced by popular support afforded to Boko Haram by such people, support which has prompted the Nigerian military to complain that the real enemy is the people they have been sent to protect. In the end, the latter were defeated, but Waldeck's victory was Pyrrhic. Like Waldeck's expensive struggle against the Anabaptists, the costs of the campaign against Boko Haram are likely to burden Jonathan's government, or that of his successor, for years. Second, he has already, like Waldeck, been criticized for procrastination in trying to crush Boko Haram and thereby lost credibility.
Third, he has accepted help from neighboring countries, even allowing their troops to operate on Nigerian soil, which before now had been unthinkable. This is an embarrassing admission of the declining capability of his own security forces. Even if Jonathan succeeds in subduing Boko Haram, he very likely will have "lost control of his own destiny," as did Waldeck. I really like this book, and it tells a fascinating true story of how a breakaway Anabaptist religious cult took over the town of Munster in the early 16th century.
I feel like the story reads a bit clumsy, and could use some fine-tuning to smooth out the read. There were many people involved in this complex event, which makes the story intrinsically difficult to tell; however, the author could make use of footnotes where some of the more minor details interrupt the flow of the story. Overall, worth the read if you are a history buff. I becAmerican interested in the Munster rebellion from a podcast. I was looking to find some more in depth facts. This book feel like it was written for a young age group.
It is not bad but also certainly not what I was looking for. Great book to give to a middle schooler. Teach them weird messed up facts about history! First of all hats off to author Arthur for tackling this interesting historical episode of the radical reformation. The psychological issues at hand were evident in the moral decline of the radicals.
However, a somewhat of a Catholic bias of his own shows through at times, which muddies the narrative a bit. If you already have a background on the Reformation than you should be fine. I read the Kindle version and the captions didn't line up with the illustrations.
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The account of this kingdom is amazing. The last couple of chapters were really not helpful as the author tried to psychoanalyze things and compare it especially with the Nazis. It just wasn't very helpful. The rest of the book was amazing with the many decapitations and the violence that some people do in the Name of Christ.
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Heard the story told through one of my favorite podcasts - had to get one of the books he's cited as source. It was surreal that there was a time in history when such things happened. Great account of what happened during the Anabaptist uprising in Munster. He expropriated all private 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. 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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This book is not yet featured on Listopia. May 25, Clif Hostetler rated it really liked it Shelves: Read this back in the year Thanks to this post from the Marginal Mennonite Society I gained access to the following excerpt. The following is excerpted from The Tailor-King: In March his military engineers had recommended draining the outer moat to allow the stor Read this back in the year Von Waldeck wanted to begin the digging immediately, but had to assign several hundred men to defend his powder magazine in Wolbeck.
A recent rebel assault on the village suggested that the storehouse there was in danger, and its loss would leave him without the means to continue the siege. Digging finally did commence on April 29, with a company of Saxon miners directing the efforts of farmers every night for a week. The elevation there was about 8 feet higher than elsewhere, meaning the moat, fed by the river Aa, was shallow enough to allow a drainage ditch to divert the flow temporarily and expose the bottom. This was a major engineering effort.
Moreover, it had to be done under the guns of the defenders, which meant work was limited to the cover of night. After a week it was apparent that more men were needed. Thirty soldiers were killed, and the wagons were destroyed along with a quantity of gunpowder. This setback forced the Bishop to delay his planned artillery barrage for three days, during which his commanders made a final written demand to the Anabaptists for their surrender. On May 20 came the first of two replies, which sounded surprisingly receptive: You say that you would like a sincere exchange of views, so that the world will be able to recognize the truth and this matter may be concluded in the peace of God.
The questions now were where they should meet -- how far from the city gates? A second message, sent directly to the Bishop, closed the door on further talks: In Telgte, 12 heavy wagons and horses were gathered to carry munitions, grappling hooks, and 85 storming ladders to the battle site. The foot soldiers who would take the walls after the bombardment for double their usual pay were backed up by the cavalry, which would drive through the gates once they were opened.
The soldiers would pass easily over these mats to attack the now vulnerable outer wall. The defenders, to be sure, were not idle. Teams of women assembled heaps of earth and manure to patch the holes in the walls that enemy canon would create. The old men and boys in the fire brigades practiced passing leather buckets of water to smother the flames started by burning arrows shot over the walls.
The Tailor-King: The Rise and Fall of the Anabaptist Kingdom of Muenster
Hundreds of armed men patrolled the walls and waited by their cannons at each of the 10 city gates. But the men capable of battle were hugely outnumbered by a professional army that had been preparing for months for an attack. Because of a few drunken soldiers, he said, the attack had been a disaster. The soldiers had begun drinking early in the afternoon of May 25, it appeared, then had lapsed into an alcoholic stupor.
On awakening they saw the thin edge of the sun on the horizon -- they had slept through the night, they told each other with alarm, and the designated moment of attack had arrived! Stumbling into the swampy moat, where there had not yet been time to place the straw mats, the soldiers were easy targets for the alerted defenders. Two hundred died or were wounded in the short battle that ensued.
Jan van Leyden clearly had a talent for psychological warfare. His taunting of the Bishop and his men humiliated them and endeared him to his followers, who could now see the justification for his stringent discipline. Religious enthusiasm, however, was by definition hard to control.
Even as it made the Anabaptists so difficult to conquer, it sometimes led them into disaster. He was captured soon after setting a few huts ablaze and condemned to die by fire in the most painful manner conceivable. Wood was piled around an iron post, at the top of which was a short chain, a few feet long, on a swivel. He had enough room to run around the fire, but not enough to escape being slowly roasted alive.
Ultimately, Jan hoped enough support would arrive from the Netherlands to let him break out of Munster. Only this time the princes and bishops would die, not the rebels. May 12, Tyler Smith rated it liked it. 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. The material is rich and colorful, and Arthur uses a number of primary sources, including eyewitness accounts, in an attempt to bring the story to life for his English readers.
The writing in the book is often stilted and labored, particularly in the first half. Arthur seems to find his stride in the book's second half, as the story moves with increasing rapidity towards its inevitable and grisly conclusion. The book will be of most interest to the discriminating reader with pre-existing general knowledge of Reformation history and the Anabaptist movement in particular. 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. This sparked my interest to learn more about the actual events. I was not disappointed. Arthur breaks down a complex well for me anyway historical episode and its main c Historical events explained in a gripping easily digestible narrative. Arthur breaks down a complex well for me anyway historical episode and its main characters into a very easily read tale. Aug 17, Courtney Coombs rated it really liked it. 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.
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Murder, brainwashing, treason, psychopathy, sacrifice, siege, torture, lust, greed, you name it. Worth the quick read, despite the confusing mass of similar-sounding names. Mar 25, E.
Kahn rated it really liked it. A well researched and passably written account of a fascinating event, only misses a 5th star for failing to expand on the personalities involved - forgivable for the obscure burghers on the Anabaptist side but not certainly in the case of Franz von Waldeck and his allies. Sep 06, Alex Robinson rated it liked it Shelves: Incredible story, fairly average book.
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