Multitudes were hanged in the streets, and many were put to death with the greatest tortures. Many were autocratic rulers who barely recognized any other authority within their territories. The Peasants' War in Upper Austria (German: Oberösterreichischer Bauernkrieg) was a rebellion led by farmers in 1626 whose goal was to free Upper Austria from Bavarian rule. The religious dissident Martin Luther, already condemned as a heretic by the 1521 Edict of Worms and accused at the time of fomenting the strife, rejected the demands of the rebels and upheld the right of Germany's rulers to suppress the uprisings. Most of the leaders of the revolt were decapitated over the following months. The group continued to collect more recruits on their way to Peuerbach, where they faced Herberstorff and his men. The Peasant War in Germany (German: Der deutsche Bauernkrieg) by Friedrich Engels is a short account of the early-16th-century uprisings known as the German Peasants' War (1524–1525). They were landless, rightless citizens, and a symptom of the decay of feudal society. The Peasants' War in Upper Austria (German: Oberösterreichischer Bauernkrieg) was a rebellion led by farmers in 1626 whose goal was to free Upper Austria from Bavarian rule. During the German Peasants' War, spanning from 1524 to 1525 in the Holy Roman Empire, the peasants rebelled against the nobility. The evolving military technology of the late medieval period began to render the lesser nobility of knights obsolete. Historians disagree on the nature of the revolt and its causes, whether it grew out of the emerging religious controversy centered on Martin Luther; whether a wealthy tier of peasants saw their wealth and rights slipping away, and sought to re-inscribe them in the fabric of society; or whether it was peasant re… Urban poor joined in the rebellion as it spread to cities. Denied access to the churches, the latter preached and celebrated the sacrament in private houses. The new ruler assumed cuius regio, eius religio (the religion of the ruler dictated the religion of the ruled) and tried to convert the lands to the Catholic faith. The fighting was at its height in the middle of 1525. During this period he proclaimed his revolutionary religious and political doctrines with increasing vehemence, and, so far as the lower orders were concerned, with growing success. Under this ancient law, the peasants had little recourse beyond passive resistance. The German Peasants' War or Great Peasants' Revolt (German: Deutscher Bauernkrieg) was a widespread popular revolt in the German-speaking areas of Central Europe, 1524–1525. The lowest stratum of society continued to be occupied by peasants, who were heavily taxed. , The book was written by Engels in London during the summer of 1850, following the revolutionary uprisings of 1848–49, to which it frequently refers in a comparative fashion. It took months for Bavaria to send troops under Pappenheim's command to relieve the town at the end of August. The Peasants' War (in German, der Deutsche Bauernkrieg) was a popular revolt in Europe, specifically in the Holy Roman Empire between 1524-1526 and consisted, like the preceding Bundschuh movement and the Hussite Wars, of a mass of economic as well as religious revolts by peasants, townsfolk and nobles.The movement possessed no common programme. The rebellion ultimately failed in the end and Emperor Charles V became much harsher. Even so, the prince now had absolute control over all his serfs and their possessions. The Battle of Wurzach (German language: Gefecht bei Wurzach or Schlacht am Leprosenberg), was a battle during the German Peasants' War that took place near Bad Wurzach in the present-day county of Ravensburg in Upper Swabia. The peasant movement ultimately failed, with cities and nobles making separate peaces with the princely armies that restored the old order in a frequently still-harsher incarnation under the nominal overlordship of the Holy Roman Emperor Charles V, represented in German affairs by his younger brother Ferdinand. The famous 12 Articles of the Black Forest were ultimately adopted as the definitive set of grievances. The progress of printing (especially of the Bible) and the expansion of commerce, as well as the spread of renaissance humanism raised literacy rates throughout the Empire. The burghers saw an opportunity to gain power in the urban councils, as Luther’s proposed reformed church would be highly centralized within the towns, as well as condemning the nepotistic practices by which the patricians held a firm grip on the bureaucracy. 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