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In 1524 there was a peasant uprising in Germany many thought it was caused by the many religious reforms that were being undertaken at that time Others thought it occurred because of the way the peasants were being treated and that the peasants just wanted more freedoms and privileges Although Luthers reforms were not the only reason for the peasant revolt they did give the peasants something for which to fight The peasants revolt was caused by a continuing pattern of being withheld rights that they thought they deserved One of these rights is listed in the Twelve Articles a statement of peasant grievances in Germany 1524 such as have power and authority so that each community should choose and appoint a pastor and that we should have the right to depose him should he conduct himself improperlyAnother case of the peasants complaining about their treatment is shown in Sebastian Lotzers who was a craftsman and lay preacher Twelve Articles of the Swabian Peasants March 1st 1525 We will not allow ourselves hereafter to be oppressed by our lords but will let them demand what is just and proper according to the agreement between lords and peasants This and the previous sources are both primary sources so they are reliable and we can get a first-hand look on what was going on during this revolt What we can interpret from this is that the peasants were bothered by the fact that the lords impose their will on the peasants without regard to the peasants well-being at allA primary source that supports the argument that the revolt was caused by is Thomas Muntzers Sermon to the Princes written 1524 This document argues the opposing point which is that the peasants were revolting because of religion and with the guidance of the whole divine law that one should kill the godless rulers and especially the monks and priests who denounce the holy gospel as heresy and
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