Widlingmaier, Anna (d. 1597)
Anna (Stixanna) Widlingmaier of Hohrain, Württemberg, wife of Michael Widlingmaier (Billinger), was an "obstinate Anabaptist" of Stauffen. After joining the group she was taught to read by a young boy. She was arrested several times. At her last examination, 23 September 1597, she was charged with having been an Anabaptist for 23 years, during which she had not attended (the established) church or communion, but instead had run to meetings in the woods. She had already been imprisoned and expelled from the country (1576), but had returned contrary to the strict prohibition to do so. Now she was 60 years old and had been blind for six years, and had misled two young girls to join her group. Johann Fabri argued with her for five hours, refuting 32 Anabaptist errors. She replied that she could of course not answer all those articles, but she would nevertheless not be converted to his opinion. She had made the covenant of a good conscience with God, and would abide by it even if she had to give her life. Her husband asked the magistrate to let her leave the country, but was refused. She died 10 days later, apparently in prison.
Bossert, Gustav. Quellen zur Geschichte der Täufer I. Band, Herzogtum Württemberg. Leipzig: M. Heinsius, 1930.
Hege, Christian and Christian Neff. Mennonitisches Lexikon. Frankfurt & Weierhof: Hege; Karlsruhe; Schneider, 1913-1967: IV.
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