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The Events Of 1533

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In 1533, having prepared everything for raid, the men of Münster weakened the city gates by applying crowbars and then they burst them open without disturbing the townsmen. At this point, the leading men were snatched off the lanes and with unbelievable savagery they were captured along with all their servants. They put these captives in carts and carried them into the city on the feast of St. Stephen the First Martyr, on December 26. Becoming very downcast, the prince took this capture of his people very badly and on December 27 sent a letter to neighboring princes of Cologne, Cleves and Gelder. He had sent a delegation of his councilors and noblemen there to settle the dispute and had expected no hostile move, but at night men from Münster had attacked Telgte with an armed body, though no war had been declared.

Keywords: feast of St. Stephen; Münster; Telgte

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