Weil, Alexander (19th century)
Alexander Weil, author of Histoire de la guerre des Anabaptistes (Paris, 1875). The author presents Anabaptism as a war similar to the Peasants' War, the political and social aspects of the latter corresponding to the religious and social aspects of the other. He shows little understanding for the essence of Anabaptism. Though he makes an (unsuccessful) attempt to distinguish the radical Anabaptists from the peaceful ones, he sees in the former only the logical outcome of the latter. In the introduction he tries to present the fundamental principles of Anabaptism. The chapter headings indicate the nature of the book. Part I: (1) The Anabaptists in Zwickau and Wittenberg; (2) The Anabaptists at the Head of the Revolting Peasants; (3) The Anabaptists in Switzerland; (4) The Anabaptists in Sweden; (5) Persecutions and Martyrs. Part II: Peaceful Attempts: (1) The Hutterian Brethren; 2) The Gabrielites; (3) Hutterite Customs. Gabriel's Death; (4) Confession of Faith of the Anabaptists After the Reaction and Persecution; (5) Melchior Hofmann and Matthijssen. Part III: (1) Münster; (2) The First Conflicts with the Bishopric; (3) Knipperdolling; The English Plague; (4) Rottmann; (5) Struggle Between Rottmann and the Bishop of Waldeck; (6) Consequences of the Conflict and the Beginning of Hostility; (7) Letters of Luther and Melanchthon; (8) Repressalien and the Treaty of Peace; (9) Rottmann, Anabaptist; (10) Jan Bockelson van Leiden.
Hege, Christian and Christian Neff. Mennonitisches Lexikon, 4 vols. Frankfurt & Weierhof: Hege; Karlsruhe: Schneider, 1913-1967: v. IV, 488-489.
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Neff, Christian. "Weil, Alexander (19th century)." Global Anabaptist Mennonite Encyclopedia Online. 1959. Web. 20 Mar 2018. http://gameo.org/index.php?title=Weil,_Alexander_(19th_century)&oldid=146329.
Neff, Christian. (1959). Weil, Alexander (19th century). Global Anabaptist Mennonite Encyclopedia Online. Retrieved 20 March 2018, from http://gameo.org/index.php?title=Weil,_Alexander_(19th_century)&oldid=146329.
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