Eradicating the Devil's Minions Paperback

Anabaptists and Witches in Reformation Europe, 1535-1600

by Gary K. Waite;

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Eradicating the Devil's Minions

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As a religious sect, the Anabaptists were seen to practice unusual rituals and follow an eccentric set of beliefs. One story, for instance, purports that an Anabaptist prophet, claiming to have visited heaven, persuaded his followers to run naked through the streets of Amsterdam. Eradicating the Devil's Minions investigates these beliefs in the context of Reformation Europe, a time in which persecution, religious intolerance, and witch-hunting were rampant. Focusing primarily on the Habsburg-controlled regions of Europe, Gary K. Waite argues that the persecution of Anabaptists did not go hand in hand with the outbreak of witch-hunts in the mid-sixteenth century. Rather, distrust of Anabaptists predated the first major witch panic of 1562-3, and Waite suggests that the virulent propaganda against Anabaptist heretics helped convince governments of the existence of a diabolical threat. Although Anabaptists rejected religious magic, they were consistently demonized by Catholic and Lutheran polemicists. Eradicating the Devil's Minions is an investigation into the roots of religious intolerance in Reformation Europe, and a unique examination of mass hysteria and social extremism.

Eradicating the Devil's Minions by Gary K. Waite was published by University of Toronto Press in May 2009. The ISBN for Eradicating the Devil's Minions is 9781442610323.

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Author / Artist
Book FormatPaperback
PublisherUniversity of Toronto Press (May 2009)
Number of Pages384
Thickness20 mm
Height229 mm
Width153 mm
Product Code4536416
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