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On this date in 1536 (Jan. 22nd), three revolutionary ‪#‎Anabaptists‬ were executed in ‪#‎Munster‬, Germany. Their names were Bernhard Krechting, Bernhard Knipperdolling, and Jan van Leiden. Jan van Leiden, the self-proclaimed “King” of the “Anabaptist Kingdom of Munster,” was a megalomaniac and madman of historic proportions. The three men were attached to poles with iron spiked collars after which their bodies were ripped using red-hot tongs. Then their tongues were pulled out. Finally, they were killed by having burning daggers thrust through their hearts. The corpses were placed in iron cages and hung from the steeple of St. Lambert’s Church, where they were left to rot. Many decades later the bones were removed, but the cages were left. Replicas of the cages still hang from St. Lambert’s Church today. The original cages are in the municipal museum. These three characters may be Anabaptist martyrs, but they are…

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