From the Communal Reformation to the Revolution of the Common Man brings together important studies related to a coherent interpretation of the Reformation and the Peasants War of 1525 as a mass movement, rooted in the structures of the communities of towns and villages. The volume presents both detailed studies from the archives and conceptualized essays.
The People's Quest for Salvation in the Sixteenth Century
The Communal Reformation presents a new argument about the origins of the Protestant Reformation and their relationship to the social and political experience, institutions, and goals of the common people, both townsfolk and peasants, in Central Europe. It reveals the common quest of ordinary people in the towns and on the land for religious reform through communal action. The book focuses on southern Germany, Switzerland, and Austria, though it has important implications the social and religious history of Europe as a whole.