Thomas Platter and the Educational Renaissance of the Sixteenth Century

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CHAPTER XII
ZURICH WAR, OCTOBER, 1531

NOT long thereafter the Zurichers and the Five Places went against one another again. Then things went badly again; for many honest, noble men perished; among others also Zwingli. When the battle had been fought and the clamour came back to Zurich, they rang the alarm with the great Cathedral bell. It was just at the time when the lights were being lit. Then many people ran out of the city to the bridge over the Syll under the Albis. I caught up a halberd and a sword in the house of Myconius and ran out also with the others. But when we had gone out quite a distance, then met us what caused me to wish that I had remained in the city. For some came who had only one hand, some held their head between their hands, mournfully wounded and bloody. One met us also whose intestines were hanging out, so that he carried them in his hands; and people went with them who lighted the way; for it was dark. When we came to the bridge, they permitted every man to go over the bridge, but they would allow no man to come back towards Zurich. For men stood on the bridge with

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