Both Louis and Wilhelm were violent opponents of the Anabaptists. Even before the edict of Charles V they issued a mandate on 15 November 1527, which declared the Anabaptists to be criminals who deserved corporal and capital punishment (Winter, 170-176). On 5 December 1527, the inquisitor Martin Pasensner of Jesenwang was given supreme authority to ferret them out (Winter, 177). Whoever joined them and was caught must die; recantation did not save them from death (Nestler, 77). Louis carried on a correspondence with the council of Regensburg concerning the Anabaptist preacher Würzlburger, and had him sentenced and executed in Regensburg (Nestler, 76-78).
Louis died 22 April 1545 in Landshut, and his brother Wilhelm became sole ruler of Bavaria.
Hege, Christian and Christian Neff. Mennonitisches Lexikon, 4 vols. Frankfurt & Weierhof: Hege; Karlsruhe: Schneider, 1913-1967: v. II, 697.
Nestler, Hermann. Die Wiedertäuferbewegung in Regensburg. Regensburg, 1926.
Winter, V. A. Geschichte der baierischen Wiedertäufer im 16. Jahrhundert. Munich, 1809.
|Richard D. Thiessen|
|Date Published||May 2008|
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