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Nikolaus Zurkinden, secretary of the council of Bern, Switzerland, in 1534, and magistrate (Landvogt) in Bonmund and Nyon in 1537-44, was one of the outspoken advocates of tolerance in the Reformation period. In a letter to Calvin written on 10 February 1554, he advocated a milder treatment of the Anabaptists.


Bähler, Albert Ed. Nikolaus Zurkinden von Bern 1506-1588. Zurich, 1912.

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

Müller, Ernst. Geschichte der Bernischen Täufer. Frauenfeld: Huber, 1895. Reprinted Nieuwkoop : B. de Graaf, 1972: 76.

Date Published 1959

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