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Christliche Vereinigung
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The Peasants’ War of 1525 was the culmination of widespread social unrest that had begun in late medieval society and statehood and gained unprecedented momentum. It transcended the dichotomy of town and country and even affected the chivalry (Knight), but it clearly had its focus in the protest of the peasants against both the feudal levies and taxes and the concentration of statehood (Resistance). This protest acquired a new source of legitimation when it claimed a “divine law,” appealing to the Reformation ideas of the universal priesthood and brother…

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Hardtwig, Wolfgang, “Christliche Vereinigung”, in: Encyclopedia of Early Modern History Online, Editors of the English edition: Graeme Dunphy, Andrew Gow. Original German Edition: Enzyklopädie der Neuzeit. Im Auftrag des Kulturwissenschaftlichen Instituts (Essen) und in Verbindung mit den Fachherausgebern herausgegeben von Friedrich Jaeger. Copyright © J.B. Metzlersche Verlagsbuchhandlung und Carl Ernst Poeschel Verlag GmbH 2005–2012. Consulted online on 03 March 2024 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/2352-0272_emho_SIM_018069>
First published online: 2015
First print edition: 20160907

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