Thomas Müntzer, the radical Reformation-era pastor, was executed 485 years ago today for his part in leading the Peasants’ War in Germany in 1524.
Next month Verso publishes Thomas Müntzer’s Sermon to the Princes as part of the Revolutions series. It gathers some of his most rousing sermons and his final confession before he was brutally beheaded on 27th May 1525.
The book features an introduction by Wu Ming, the Italian writer’s collective, Wu Ming (formerly Luther Blissett), examining how Müntzer has continued to inspire radicals and visionaries for nearly 500 years. It also has a preface by Alberto Toscano.
Here’s a sample of Müntzer’s fiery rhetoric:
Freely and boldly I declare that I have never heard a single donkey-c*nt doctor of theology, in the smallest of his divisions and points, even whisper, to say nothing of speaking loudly, about the order (established in God and all his creatures). The most prominent among the Christians (I mean the hell-based parsons) have never even had a whiff of the whole or undivided perfection, which is a uniform measure superior to all parts, 1 Corinthians 13, Luke 6, Ephesians 4, Acts 2, 15, and 17. Again and again, I hear nothing form the doctors of theology but the mere words of Scripture, which they have knavishly stolen from the Bible like malicious thieves and cruel murderers. They will be damned for this theft by God himself…