Aalen (coordinates: 48.836510, 10.093418; 1800 population, 2,000; 2012 population, 66,590), county seat (Kreisstadt) in the Jagst district of Württemberg, where the Anabaptist movement of the Reformation period gained entry in the domains of the noble families, but was brutally suppressed by the raids of the Swabian League. The best known of these raids was the attack on Mantelhof, an Ellwangen fief of the barons of Woellwart, two miles southwest of Aalen. Here the Anabaptists were meeting for a New Year's service in 1531. The notorious Berthold Aichele, the provost of the Swabian League, took the entire assembly prisoner and had them put to death, some by hanging, and others by burning, because they refused to deny their faith. Seventeen Anabaptists met their death on this occasion.
Beschreibung des Oberamts Aalen: mit drei Tabellen und einer Karte des Oberamts, nebst Titelbild. Stuttgart : Müller, 1854: 321.
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