Römer, Hans (16th century)
Hans Römer, an Anabaptist of Hesse, Germany, a native of Eisenach in Thuringia, a furrier by trade, at first a follower of Thomas Müntzer, was expelled from his native town for participating in the Peasants' War; leaving his wife behind, he began a life of wandering. With his fellow Anabaptists, Christoph Peisker, Volkmar Fischer, and Christoph von Meissen, he was an unusually successful propagandist for the Anabaptist cause. After Müntzer's death he attached himself entirely to the peaceful Anabaptists. In August 1534 he was taken prisoner in Göttingen. By recanting he escaped a martyr's death, and was probably punished with a prison term.
Hege, Christian and Christian Neff. Mennonitisches Lexikon, 4 vols. Frankfurt & Weierhof: Hege; Karlsruhe; Schneider, 1913-1967: v. III, 531.
Wappler, Paul. Die Täuferbewegung in Thüringen von 1526-1584. Jena: Gustav Fisher, 1913: 40 ff.
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