Documenta Anabaptistica: The Forgotten Writings of the Mennonite Martyrs Volume 8

Documenta Anabaptistica: The Forgotten Writings of the Mennonite Martyrs Volume 8

Edited by Brad S. Gregory

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This volume is a collection of prison writings by seven Dutch Mennonite martyrs executed between 1569 and 1592, first published in the late sixteenth and early seventeenth centuries, but until now almost entirely neglected even by specialists in the Radical Reformation. Included are some forty-nine letters, fifteen songs, a poem, a treatise, and six Tafereelen ("tableaux"), plus four letters written to the martyrs, several editorial prefaces and introductions, and several archival documents pertaining to the execution of the martyrs. An introduction contextualizes the writings and explains the reasons for their exclusion from the Mennonite martyrological tradition. This collection adds to the primary sources pertaining to Anabaptist martyrs, Dutch Mennonites, and the Radical Reformation, supplementing van Braght's Martyrs' Mirror. Published as "Kerkhistorische Bijdragen," "Documenta Anabaptistica," vol. 8

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  • Hardback | 404 pages
  • 165.1 x 246.38 x 33.02mm | 884.5g
  • 01 Dec 2002
  • Brill
  • Leiden
  • Dutch; Flemish, English
  • 9004120874
  • 9789004120877

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Brad S. Gregory, Ph.D. (1996) in History, Princeton University, is Associate Professor of History at Stanford University. His first book, Salvation at Stake: Christian Martyrdom in Early Modern Europe (Harvard, 1999), received six book awards.

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'...Gregory has opened a new and promising field of research.' Mirjam van Veen, Sixteenth Century Journal, 2005. '...by providing an easily accessible text, by his illuminating introduction to the context of these writings, as well as by the interesting questions he raises in his introduction, Gregory has opened a new and promising field of research.' Ian Mortimer, Sixteenth Century Journal/i>, 2005. '...a valuable additional source for Mennonite history.' Judith Pollmann, Journal of Ecclesiastical History, 2004.

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