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Piccards, a mutilation of the name Beghards, an epithet of disgrace applied to both the Moravian Brethren and the Bohemian Huss­ites. In government decrees this designation was also used; it thus became so general that the Breth­ren used it themselves in the title of their writings, often in the following form: "The Brethren who are called Piccards from envy and hate."

The Moravian Piccards of the 15th and 16th cen­turies were much more radical than those of Bohemia. In Western Europe, particularly in France, the Waldenses of the 15th century are often called Piccards.

The theory that the name Piccards is derived from Picardie, a province in Northern France, where the Waldenses were rather numerous, is wrong. Whether Nicolaus Storch and Thomas Müntzer were influenced by the Moravian Piccards, as has been suggested, is an open question.


Hoop Scheffer, Jacob Gijsbert de. Inventaris der Archiefstukken berustende bij de Vereenigde Doopsgezinde Gemeente to Amsterdam, 2 vols. Amsterdam: Uitgegeven en ten geschenke aangeboden door den Kerkeraad dier Gemeente, 1883-1884: v. III, 374.

Author(s) Christian Neff
Nanne van der Zijpp
Date Published 1959

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Neff, Christian and Nanne van der Zijpp. (1959). Piccards. Global Anabaptist Mennonite Encyclopedia Online. Retrieved 22 May 2018, from http://gameo.org/index.php?title=Piccards&oldid=132253.


Adapted by permission of Herald Press, Harrisonburg, Virginia, from Mennonite Encyclopedia, Vol. 4, p. 168. All rights reserved.

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