Meister, Leonhard (d. 1524)

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Martyrdom of Hans Koch and Leonard Meister, Augsburg, 1524.
Engraving by Jan Luiken in Martyrs' Mirror, v. 2, p. 1 of Dutch edition.
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Leonhard Meister (Meyster) was an Anabaptist (?) martyr executed with Hans Koch at Augsburg, Bavaria, Germany, in 1524 for his faith (according to Mehrning probably a Waldensian). He was the author of the oldest song in the Ausbund, "Ach Gott Vater im hochsten Thron."


Braght, Thieleman J. van. Het Bloedigh Tooneel of Martelaers Spiegel der Doops-gesinde 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: Part II, 1 f.

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: 413 f. Available online at:  

Hege, Christian and Christian Neff. Mennonitisches Lexikon, 4 vols. Frankfurt & Weierhof: Hege; Karlsruhe: Schneider, 1913-1967: v. III, 66.

Mehrning, J. S. Baptismi Historia. Dortmund, 1646 and 1647.

Wolkan, Rudolf. Die Lieder der Wiedertäufer. Berlin, 1903. Reprinted Nieuwkoop : B. De Graaf, 1965: 8 and 140.

Author(s) Christian Neff
Date Published 1957

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