AHC: A European "Taiping Rebellion"

The challenge here is with a POD of whatever you want, come up with a scenario that has a figure claim to be connected in some way to Jesus Christ somehow manage to gather a powerful following, leading to a conflict that devastates Europe.
 

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connected in some way to Jesus Christ
How close a connection? Luther was often portrayed as a prophet (in the Old Testament sense, not just as a metaphor) by some of his contemporaries. Some of his writings have very apocalyptic interpretations.

Servetus may have believe he was the Archangel Michael.

Throw in an early 30 Years War, and you'd have it.
 
How close a connection? Luther was often portrayed as a prophet (in the Old Testament sense, not just as a metaphor) by some of his contemporaries. Some of his writings have very apocalyptic interpretations.

Servetus may have believe he was the Archangel Michael.

Throw in an early 30 Years War, and you'd have it.
Straight up related to Christ in someway
 
The Munster Rebellion of 1534 was an Anabaptist uprising that veered heavily into cultish territory where their leader claimed to be Gideon and receiving visions from heaven. They captured the city of Munster for well over a year. The whole thing was a weird apocalyptic movement and they attempted to use it to raise Anabaptist uprisings across the Germanies. If even part of the revolt had materialized it would fill the prompt.
 
The Munster Rebellion of 1534 was an Anabaptist uprising that veered heavily into cultish territory where their leader claimed to be Gideon and receiving visions from heaven. They captured the city of Munster for well over a year. The whole thing was a weird apocalyptic movement and they attempted to use it to raise Anabaptist uprisings across the Germanies. If even part of the revolt had materialized it would fill the prompt.
I think for OP that wouldn't count because both Jan and John claimed to be prophets not literally the brother of Jesus.

If OP is looking for such a strict interpretation I think you would need to remold Christianity in its early form. For European Christians, claiming to be the brother/related to Jesus may be too blasphemous
 
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In a more recent context Mormonism had a fair number of converts in Britain, many of whom immigrated to the US (to the point where Utah is one of the only states with a majority British ethnic origin). Could a splinter group settling somewhere in Europe instead create a POD that could result in a more modern resolution to the AHC?
 
Beyond being a popular figure, in what way does this remotely describe Joan of Arc?
Maybe after her martyrdom a new movement arises claiming her to be the daughter of God or something along those lines and it leads to France breaking with the Papacy and establishing their own Johannite Church. Can't see it to be very long lasting though.
 
Maybe after her martyrdom a new movement arises claiming her to be the daughter of God or something along those lines and it leads to France breaking with the Papacy and establishing their own Johannite Church. Can't see it to be very long lasting though.
A small movement is quite possible, but nothing major.
 
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