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Marx Bosshard of Zollikon in the canton of Zürich, a faithful follower of Conrad Grebel, with whom he traveled about in the highlands of Zürich Oberland in the Anabaptist cause in July 1525. When the two men were summoned to Zürich for trial on the charge of slander against Zwingli's Taufbüchlein, they addressed a petition to the city council on 6 July, requesting a letter of safe conduct to attend the trial, which the council refused. When Bosshard nevertheless went to Zürich for the trial, he was thrown into prison, and was not released until 2 August. To secure his release he was forced to pay a fine of one mark in silver, post a bond of 100 pounds, and to promise to desist from preaching and baptizing; he was given a warning, which was also meant for his companions, that "if they returned they would be left in the new tower until they thought they must suffocate." On 5 March he was included in the court hearing regarding the meeting of the Zollikon Swiss Brethren in the inn "Zum Salmon." He complained that "my lords winked at Zwingli's faults and Zwingli at my lords." No details are known about his life.


Hege, Christian and Christian Neff. Mennonitisches Lexikon, 4 vols. Frankfurt & Weierhof: Hege; Karlsruhe; Schneider, 1913-1967: v. I, 248.

Muralt, Leonhard von  and Walter Schmid. Quellen zur Geschichte der Täufer in der Schweiz. Erster Band Zürich. Zürich: S. Hirzel, 1952: 39 f., 42 f., 47, 59, 83, 85 ff., 89, 91, 96, 98, 100 f., 183 f., 381.

Author(s) Christian Neff
Date Published 1953

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Adapted by permission of Herald Press, Harrisonburg, Virginia, and Kitchener, Ontario, from Mennonite Encyclopedia, Vol. 1, p. 395. All rights reserved.

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