Kohlhaas Summary

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Andrew Ludwig Michael Kohlhaas Summary Michael Kohlhaas is a story of a horse trader in Germany in the 16 th century. In his story Kohlhaas is traveling into another kingdom, a trip he has been making for years, only this time he is stopped and a trading pass is demanded of him in order to bring his stock of horses across the boarder. Unwilling to buy a pass at the time in order to talk it through with some friends in government first, Kohlhaas leaves two of his horses with the Junker at who’s castle the pass was demanded. Upon finding out the pass was all a fake Kohlhaas returns to the Junker’s stables only to find that his horses have been overworked by the Junker in his absence and treated as if they were not even Kohlhaas’. Then to add onto the offense the Junker refuses to return the horses to their original state. This caused Kohlhaas to appeal to the courts were he is denied multiple times from
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Unformatted text preview: different courts and told to just let the matter go. Unable to do such a thing, Kohlhaas takes matters into his own hands, and after gathering a group of followers, Kohlhaas raids the Junker’s castle and the surrounding villages. His pillaging continues until he is offered an amnesty by Martin Luther so Kohlhaas would be able to retry his court case in a higher court. Again Kohlhaas finds himself in a never ending loop within the government where his case never makes much progress. While the court case was still in session one of Kohlhaas’ own men of whom he had disbanded returned to pillaging cause Kohlhaas to be put to blame and after being tried sentenced to death. Kohlhaas was executed amidst his friends, sentenced by the emperor himself. Overall I found this to be a very enjoyable book, but confusing at times with so many people introduced at once. I look forward to reading it again....
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This note was uploaded on 04/08/2008 for the course HIST 104B taught by Professor Nolan during the Fall '07 term at Binghamton.

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