Würtzlburger, Augustin (d. 1528)
Augustin Würtzlburger (Wirtzlburger, Wiesslburger, Wieslberger), a schoolteacher of Regensburg, Bavaria, born at Würzelburg near Landshut, an Anabaptist minister baptized by Leonhard Friesleben on 18 November 1527, and thus made a member of the newly established Regensburg Anabaptist congregation. In Passion Week, 1528, a certain Hans, delegate from the Augsburg Anabaptist congregation, came to Würtzlburger with the message that the two men had been commissioned as apostles for Bavaria. Since neither wanted at first to accept the dangerous commission, they cast lots, the lot falling on Würtzlburger. The latter at once undertook his work, which was to preach, teach, and baptize. His first attempt in his home neighborhood at Würzelburg was not very fruitful, but at Süssbach nearby he baptized nine. An attendant at one of his meetings here betrayed him, whereupon he was arrested, but released. Again betrayed by one of those whom he had baptized who was executed, he was again arrested on 21 May 1528, and after a five months imprisonment in Regensburg executed on 10 October 1528. The record of his three examinations in May and his "Urgicht" on the day of his death contain valuable evidence concerning the beliefs and attitudes of the early Anabaptists in Regensburg. Würtzlburger manfully confessed his faith, declaring that his religious convictions were grounded in Holy Scripture, and that he would be ready to change if he could be taught something better from Scripture. Under torture he cried out that "it was a miserable and grievous thing that they were not willing to let him stand by the truth; he wanted nothing else than to live as a true Christian." Würtzlburger's wife was also baptized.
Nestler, Herman. Die Wiedertäuferbewegung in Regensburg. Regensburg, 1926, which prints 19 documents on the Würtzlburger case, which are also printed in Schornbaum, Karl. Quellen zur Geschichte der Täufer, V. Band (Bayern, II. Abteilung) Gütersloh: C. Bertelsmann, 1951.
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