Hans Feyerer (Feirer), an Anabaptist martyr, was named as a preacher in the chronicles (Diener des Worts). He was probably active in Munich, Germany, and vicinity after Georg Wagner's execution (8 February 1527). He was baptized by Leonard Dorfbrunner. In Bavaria the Anabaptist movement was extensive at that time, but was soon severely suppressed by Dukes Wilhelm and Ludwig. On 15 November 1527 they issued a decree from Munich ordering that all Anabaptists be seized and punished as criminals by death and confiscation of property. Many fled. Several Munich families went to Augsburg which was at that time the center of the Anabaptist movement in South Germany. Anyone who was suspected of Anabaptist ideas was arrested. All the prisons in the entire country were filled with Anabaptists; it was especially bad in the Falkenturm in Munich, from which no Anabaptist was released without punishment (Winter, 35).
Feyerer was also arrested and apparently subjected to several cross-examinations and finally sentenced to death and burned at the stake at Munich with five companions as "obstinate Anabaptists" on 28 January 1528. Three days later his wife and the lives of two other martyrs of this group, also remaining true to their faith, were in mercy first drowned and then burned. Evidently the authorities had dealt with them in hope of leading them back to the Catholic Church. The chronicler Sender writes that they were "much more obstinate than their husbands."
Beck Josef. Die Geschichts-Bücher der Wiedertäufer in Oesterreich-Ungarn. Vienna, 1883: 24.
Braght, Thieleman J. van. Het Bloedigh Tooneel of Martelaers Spiegel der Doopsgesinde of Weereloose Christenen, Die om ‘t getuygenis van Jesus haren Salighmaker geleden hebben ende gedood zijn van Christi tijd of tot desen tijd toe. Den Tweeden Druk. Amsterdam: Hieronymus Sweerts, …, 1685: II, 18.
Braght, Thieleman J. van. The Bloody Theatre or Martyrs’ Mirror of the Defenseless Christians Who Baptized Only upon Confession of Faith and Who Suffered and Died for the Testimony of Jesus Their Saviour… to the Year A.D. 1660. Scottdale, PA: Herald Press, 1951: 428. Available online at:.
Hege, Christian and Christian Neff. Mennonitisches Lexikon, 4 v. Frankfurt & Weierhof: Hege; Karlsruhe: Schneider, 1913-1967: v. I. 642 f.
Sender, Clemens. Augsburger Chronik (1894): 188.
Winter, V. A. Geschichte der baierischen Wiedertäufer im sechszehnten Jahrhundert. München : J. Lindauer, 1809.
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