German Peasants War (1525)

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The German Peasants’ War (Der Bauernkrieg) was an uprising by laborers against the feudal system. At the peak of the Peasants’ War, 300,000 serfs and villagers were fighting across the German feudal states. Over 100,000 rebels died in their attempt to gain a better life. The name of Thomas Müntzer lives on. So does the infamy of Martin Luther in selling them down the drain though their cause was just and he had set them on in the first place.

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1524 - 61 Print made by Jacob Binck -   A peasant carrying a hare on his back; walking to left.

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A peasant carrying a hare on his back; walking to left. Engraving

1524 - 1561 after Barthel Beham - A peasant holding a dung-fork; reverse copy after Barthel Beham (Pauli 48); whole-length figure, seen from behind, the head in profile to left.

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A peasant holding a dung-fork; reverse copy after Barthel Beham (Pauli 48); whole-length figure, seen from behind, the head in profile to left. Engraving

1525 - Peasant War in Germany

1525 - Peasant War in Germany

Ritterkrieg 1522/23 (Krieg der oberrh. Ritterschaft unter Franz von Sickingen gegen Kurtrier, Kurpfalz und Landgrafschaft Hessen).

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16 February - in the Swabian town of Memmingen during the German Peasant's War, Sebastian Lotzer and Christoph Schappeler decided to give the base of the revolt in Southern Germany an ideological superstructure.

16 February - in the Swabian town of Memmingen during the German Peasant's War, Sebastian Lotzer and Christoph Schappeler decided to give the base of the revolt in Southern Germany an ideological superstructure.

With the outbreak of the German Peasants' War,1525, Götz von Berlichingen led the rebels in the district of Odenwald against the Ecclesiastical Princes of the Holy Roman Empire. Despite his wishes to stop wanton violence, Berlichingen found himself powerless to control the rebels and after a month of nominal leadership he deserted his command and returned to the Schloss Jagsthausen to sit out the rest of the rebellion.

With the outbreak of the German Peasants' War,1525, Götz von Berlichingen led the rebels in the district of Odenwald against the Ecclesiastical Princes of the Holy Roman Empire. Despite his wishes to stop wanton violence, Berlichingen found himself powerless to control the rebels and after a month of nominal leadership he deserted his command and returned to the Schloss Jagsthausen to sit out the rest of the rebellion.

Holzschnitt Thomas Murner. Ein Bauernführer mit der Freiheitsfahne auf einem zeitgenössischen Holzschnitt.

Holzschnitt Thomas Murner. Ein Bauernführer mit der Freiheitsfahne auf einem zeitgenössischen Holzschnitt.

Bauernkrieg

Bauernkrieg

Kurt Grabert, Szenen aus dem Bauernkrieg

Kurt Grabert, Szenen aus dem Bauernkrieg

The German Peasants' War was a widespread popular revolt in the German-speaking areas of Central Europe from 1524 to 1525. It ended in a Suppression of revolt and execution of participants. But it started something bigger among the people that would later be seen.

The German Peasants' War was a widespread popular revolt in the German-speaking areas of Central Europe from 1524 to 1525. It ended in a Suppression of revolt and execution of participants. But it started something bigger among the people that would later be seen.

German Peasants' War - Bauernjörg, Georg, Truchsess von Waldburg, the Scourge of the Peasants

German Peasants' War - Bauernjörg, Georg, Truchsess von Waldburg, the Scourge of the Peasants

Rohrbach-verbrennung-1525. Massacre at Frankenhausen.

Rohrbach-verbrennung-1525. Massacre at Frankenhausen.