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Karl Brennwald, a Zürich Anabaptist in the earliest days of the movement, who was put into the dungeon of the Hexenturm with Grebel, Manz, and Blaurock soon after the second Anabaptist disputation. It was he who called attention to the unlocked shutter and thus led to the memorable flight from prison, 5 April 1526. Egli mentions two brief cross-examinations and his conversion through Roggenacher, and that captured Anabaptists said he was one of their preachers. Apparently he is identical with the Karlin mentioned in the article Basel.


Egli, Emil. Die Züricher Wiedertäufer zur Reformationszeit: nach den Quellen des Staatsarchivs. Zürich : Friedrich Schulthess, 1878: 54, 74.

Hege, Christian and Christian Neff. Mennonitisches Lexikon, 4 vols. Frankfurt & Weierhof: Hege; Karlsruhe; Schneider, 1913-1967: v. I, 263.

Author(s) Christian Neff
Date Published 1953

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