The Peasants' Revolt in south Germany is suppressed

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Historical Context Note


The Peasants' Revolt, which had raged since the previous year, had provoked conflict throughout southern and western Germany, as well as areas what is now Alsace, Switzerland and Austria. At its height, it involved approximately 300 000 peasant rebels, and estimates of those killed are around 100 000, making this the largest popular uprising before the French Revolution of 1789. In May 1525, it was finally suppressed, and Anabaptist leader Thomas Muntzer, who had used the rebellion to call for the building of a Christian Commonwealth in Muhlhausen, was executed.
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Editors. "The Peasants' Revolt in south Germany is suppressed". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 01 November 2010
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