Essay about The Catholic And Corrupt Rulers During The German War

1110 Words Sep 13th, 2015 5 Pages
Throughout the German states, many peasants revolted in 1524 in an area known as the Holy Roman Empire. During that time the Church and corrupt rulers were treating peasants in a manner that was unjust; therefore, peasants rallied up against officials in away that was considered unchristian. Peasants were responding to unjust treatment from rulers and religious Many of the revolts mainly occurred in southern Germany. corruptness. For two years peasants and authorities fought against each other in a time of political unrest. By the end of the peasant’s revolts more than 100,000 peasants were killed by authorities. Some causes of the peasant’s revolts in Germany include over taxation, religious corruption, and political unrest. Peasants responded by revolting against the Church and attacking abusive authorities.
Since rulers over taxed the peasants, they had very little money to survive on. Sebastian Lotzer, a craftsperson and a lay preacher, said in Twelve Articles of the Swabian Peasants, “We will not allow ourselves hereafter to be oppressed by our lords but will let them demand only what is just and proper according to the agreement between lords and peasants. Lords should no longer try to force more services or other dues from peasants without compensation” (Doc 2). Here Sebastian is saying that peasants should not be oppressed by lords any longer, and that lords should no longer tax without compensation from the peasants. As a peasant himself, he understands the…

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