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Herman von Wied Source: Ökumenisches Heiligenlexikon web site
Herman von Wied (1477-1552): Catholic Archbishop and Elector of Cologne, Germany, in 1532-46; born 14 January 1477, the fourth son of Frederick, count of Wied (d. 1487) and died 15 August 1552.

By his favorable inclination toward the Reformation, Herman differed from other Catholic bish­ops, opposed the general practice of the Catholic church and the policy of Emperor Charles V, and refused to suppress the Lutherans in his bish­opric. In general he rejected capital punishment for heretics. In 1542 he called Martin Bucer to his court to reform the bishopric. Because of his tolerance it was possible for Menno Simons to live undisturbed in the bishopric of Cologne from July 1544 until 1546, when von Wied was dismissed. Menno gives him a good testimonial. His brother Friedrich von Wied was about the same time the bishop of Münster.


The Complete Writings of Menno Simons, c. 1496-1561, trans. Leonard Verduin, ed. J. C. Wenger. Scottdale, PA: Herald Press, 1956: 635.

Opera Omnia Theologica, of alle de Godtgeleerde wercken van Menno Simons. Amsterdam: By Joannes van Veen, boeck- en pargament-verkooper, 1681: 235a.

Author(s) Nanne van der Zijpp
Date Published 1959

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van der Zijpp, Nanne. "Wied, Herman von (1477-1552)." Global Anabaptist Mennonite Encyclopedia Online. 1959. Web. 27 May 2016.,_Herman_von_(1477-1552)&oldid=96841.

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van der Zijpp, Nanne. (1959). Wied, Herman von (1477-1552). Global Anabaptist Mennonite Encyclopedia Online. Retrieved 27 May 2016, from,_Herman_von_(1477-1552)&oldid=96841.

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