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Radical Reformation

The term covers congeries of movements flourishing from the 1520s which were often initially indebted to the “magisterial reformation” of, e.g., Zwingli* and Luther,* but wished to push changes farther and on different bases. Especially in its earliest stages, the radical reformation was a continuation of medieval movements of lay piety, heresy, and social protest. It drew many recruits from peasants and lower orders of townspeople and craftsmen, who were then in economic difficulties.