Lachmund (16th century)

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Lachmund, a woman of Wintershausen, Thuringia, Germany, was seized in March 1543 at the instigation of Justus Menius, with Franz Erbe and the wife of Betzenhans, on the suspicion of having joined the Anabaptists. At the cross-examination conducted by Menius on 16 July at Eisenach, she declared that she confessed Anabaptist doctrine and would stay by it. The electoral councilors gave as their opinion that she was not to be subjected to a painful hearing (i.e., on the rack), because she had neither baptized nor been baptized, and recommended banishment. Elector John Frederick imposed this sentence on 18 July because "she would not desist from her unchristian and offensive errors on baptism, the sacrament, and other points." The same sentence with the same argument was also passed on Betzenhans's wife.


Hege, Christian and Christian Neff. Mennonitisches Lexikon, 4 vols. Frankfurt & Weierhof: Hege; Karlsruhe: Schneider, 1913-1967: v. II, 603.

Wappler, Paul. Die Stellung Kursachsens und des Landgrafen Philipp van Hessen zur Täuferbewegung. (ünster, 1910. 94 f., 213 f.

Wappler, Paul. Die Täuferbewegung in Thüringen von 1526-1584. Jena: Gustav Fisher, 1913.

Author(s) Christian Hege
Date Published 1958

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