Twelve Articles

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The Twelve Articles (1525) is a document written between 27 February and 1 March 1525 addressing grievances of the peasants of the Germanic regions of the Holy Roman Empire against the policies of their lords. The work was written to explain and justify the German Peasants' War (1524-1525), which had been denounced by the nobility.

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  • 27 Feb 1525 - 1 Mar 1525
    The Twelve Articles written to address grievances of the peasant class against the nobility of the Germanic regions of the Holy Roman Empire.
  • Mar 1525
    The Twelve Articles are presented to the nobility in hopes of resolving differences; they are rejected, and the German Peasants' War continues.
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