Pretscher, Friedrich (d. 1528)

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Friedrich Pretscher, an Anabaptist martyr, a cleric at Nordheim in Franconia, South Germany. Pret­scher had previously been a monk but, perhaps out of sympathy for his brother Martin Luther, he left the monastery. On a suspicion that Pretscher was an Anabaptist, the Bishop of Würzburg had him arrested on 17 February 1528, and taken to Würzburg. George, Margrave of Brandenburg, having heard of his arrest through the magistrate of Kottenheim, in­terceded for him and a lengthy correspondence en­sued, in which the bishop asserted that according to the testimony of two executed Anabaptists as well as his own confession Pretscher was guilty of perform­ing adult baptisms. Thereupon the margrave with­drew his petition for clemency. Pretscher was put to death on 15 April 1528.


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Author(s) Wilhelm Wiswedel
Date Published 1959

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