I am reading this book, and it is tough to digest. I never learned about this in school!! books.google.com/books/about/Rise_and_fall_of_the_Anabaptists.html?id=p3EaAAAAMAAJ
It is well-written. Approaches the social-class dynamics without fear (to the point that Google picks up insights on Marxism) . When the Bible was translated into the vernacular, many people ran with all sorts of personalized interpretations, particularly with the rejection of original sin.
It is peculiar that this public domain book in English is the only one available. There are a lot of other recent books in English available, probably because so many analogies can be drawn with the issue of Mormonism-- and their early practice of holding property in common, and polygamy. One wonders why the opposition to the Mormons at Nauvoo chose to not attack the town itself-- learning from the siege of Munster is the reason. Yet today’s Mormons are so bitter at the death of Joseph Smith, when it could have been so much worse.
Also helps us understand the Amish and Mennonite traditions, and how they learned so much from the violence of radical Anabaptists. No wonder that my Amish and Mennonite friends and acquaintances are so much in accord with my views on Mormonism. A worthy read. Anybody willing to help me digest this?