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Rise and Fall of the Anabaptists


Swan Sonnenschein & Co., Macmillan Co. 1903

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This scholarly review of German Anabaptists during the Reformation details the split in the Anabaptist community during the Münster Rebellion of 1534–1535. Interpreting this episode is where Bax contends previous historians are at fault in their blanket assessment of Anabaptism and its historical leaders.

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Key Features

  • Examines the beginnings, doctrines, and practices of Anabaptism
  • Follows the historical path of early Anabaptist leaders
  • Investigates the fall of the Anabaptist movement


  • Beginnings of Anabaptism
  • The Anabaptist Doctrines and Practice
  • Persecution of the Anabaptists and Death of the Earlier Leaders
  • Melchor Hoffman and the Revolutionary Movement
  • The Reformation Movement in the Episcopal Territories of Münster
  • The Reign of the Saints
  • The New Israel
  • The Propaganda Outside Münster
  • Münster’s Fall and the Fate of the Movement
  • The Anabaptist Movement in England

Praise for the Print Edition

The story is a most instructive one and admirably told by Mr. Belfort Bax; it has threefold interest, historical, religious, and social.

The Westminster Review

Mr. Bax is just the man to write the history of Anabaptism. He is a historian, careful to seek and cautious to use the first-hand sources for his history; he has made himself acquainted with this very period as few others have done; and above all, he is in sympathy with his subject. He understands the men, he understands the movement, as very few historians have done or tried to do.

The Expository Times

Product Details

  • Title: Rise and Fall of the Anabaptists
  • Author: E. Belfort Bax
  • Publisher: Swan Sonnenschein & Co.
  • Publication Date: 1903
  • Pages: 407

About Ernest Belfort Bax

Ernest Belfort Bax (1854–1926) was a British socialist journalist and philosopher. A prolific writer, his works include Handbook to the History of Philosophy, Religion of Socialism, and German Culture Past and Present.

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