Leiningen, a family of the Palatinate, Germany, which is mentioned already in the Carolingian period. From the 12th to the 19th century it controlled a large part of the Palatinate. Emich II founded the Augustinian monastery of Honingen, where Mennonites settled after the Thirty Years' War, whose descendants (Hirstein) still lived there in the mid-20th century. Frederick I, progenitor of the Altleiningen line, built the castle Neuleiningen and Battenberg; Battenberg was the home of several Mennonite families (Hartmetz, Rings, Hirstein). He lived in Altleiningen castle, today a stately ruin on top of a mountain, at the foot of which the Altleiningen Mennonite church stands. Ibersheim was also for a time in the possession of the counts of Leiningen. The Friedelsheim castle, today the Mennonite parsonage, was loaned to the counts of Leiningen by the abbey of Limburg. Philip I, founder of the Leiningen-Leiningen line, introduced the Reformation in 1555. On 1 December 1565 he and his brothers issued a Lutheran liturgy. The Mennonites under the rule of the counts of Leiningen enjoyed undisturbed tolerance. They were not burdened by oppression, and were not obligated to pay the protection fee required of them in the electorate.
Hege, Christian and Christian Neff. Mennonitisches Lexikon, 4 vols. Frankfurt & Weierhof: Hege; Karlsruhe: Schneider, 1913-1967: v. II, 635.
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Neff, Christian. "Leiningen family." Global Anabaptist Mennonite Encyclopedia Online. 1955. Web. 19 Oct 2017. http://gameo.org/index.php?title=Leiningen_family&oldid=144279.
Neff, Christian. (1955). Leiningen family. Global Anabaptist Mennonite Encyclopedia Online. Retrieved 19 October 2017, from http://gameo.org/index.php?title=Leiningen_family&oldid=144279.
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