Two Dutch men with no relation to Münster had just executed a citizen in cold blood, only two men had spoken out. The city had literally sung their blessing for the incident. Tilbeck and his colleague were released, humbled and unquestioning, the following day. Matthias and van Leiden had greatly strengthened their hand with this […]Read more "The Agony and the Ecstasy of Jan(s)"
Not to distract from the drawn battle lines and pages of build up, but it’s worth a short detour to talk about the kind of siege both sides were getting themselves into. Although the advent of gunpowder weapons had changed the dynamics somewhat, siege warfare in the 16th Century still overwhelmingly favoured the defender. High […]Read more "The Forge of Resistance"
Within a day another rumor of imminent assault by the Prince Bishop threw the city to the brink of open civil war. The Catholics took to nailing straw crosses to their door, and both groups quickly clustered into armed bands. The Anabaptists began to tear up portions of the city and build rough barricades and […]Read more "The Prophet Arrives"