The German Peasants' War and Anabaptist Community of Goods

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McGill-Queen's Press - MQUP, 1994 - History - 258 pages
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"Contemporary misogyny and antisemitism have their roots in the demonization of women and Jews in medieval Christendom. In church art and mass preaching, the construct of the devil as an outcast from heaven and the source of all evil was linked both to the conception of women as sensual and malicious figures betraying man's soul on its arduous journey to salvation and to the notion of Jews as treacherous dissidents in the Christian landscape. These stereotypes, widely disseminated for over three hundred years, persist today. The exemplum, or cautionary story incorporated into preachers' manuals and popular homilies, was an important mode of religious teaching for clerical and lay folk alike. Sermon narratives drawn from Hindu mythology, Arab storytelling, and secular folktales entertained all classes of medieval society while dispensing theological and cultural instruction. In Devils, Women, and Jews, the vital genre of the medieval sermon story is, for the first time, made accessible to specialists and nonspecialists alike. Rendered in modern English, the tales provide an invaluable primary resource for medievalists, anthropologists, psychologists, folklorists, and students of women's studies and Judaica. Critical introductions and explanatory headnotes contextualize the tales, and comprehensive endnotes and a bibliography allow readers to follow up analogue and subject studies in their own areas of interest."--from amazon.ca.
 

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Contents

Introduction
3
The Peasants War Seen through the Prism
19
The Radicalization of the Social Gospel
45
Anabaptists and Future Anabaptists in
61
PART TWO ANABAPTIST COMMUNITY OF GOODS
93
The AntiMaterialistic Piety
107
The
123
Communi
139
Anabaptists in the Peasants
165
Notes
173
Index
221
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James M. Stayer is Professor of History, Queen's University.

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