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Many believe you do what you can to restrain your attacker, using all your wits and physical strength, but you can’t kill the person. You may well have died if you had taken up arms, too.
Brandy was then poured into the wounds left by the whippings and the brandy lit on fire in a public courtyard.
We may wonder today why the state would turn so bloodthirsty over a seemingly innocuous issue such as adult baptism.
The church and state weren’t separate back then, and infant baptism was how the state registered its citizens.
The Hutterite population reached levels of 30,000 to 40,000 in Europe but persecution reduced their numbers to less than 100 several times. He was a hat maker from Austria who emerged as a leader of the new Christian sect from whom it took its name.
The Hutterites began in 1528 near Nikolsburg, Moravia (an area that covers part of the Czech Republic and Slovakia today) but the man from whom they derive their name became leader five years later. He was arrested in 1535 and met with the same fate as Anabaptist leaders before and after him.