Doucher, Susanna (16th century)

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Susanna Doucher (Daucher, Ducher) was a member of the Augsburg Anabaptist congregation, daughter-in-law of the Augsburg sculptor Adolf Doucher (ca. 1465, Ulm - 1523/24, Augsburg) (Bode in Jahrbuch der pr. Kunstsammlungen, 1887, No. 1; "Zur Augsburger Kunstgesch.," in Zeitschrift des historischen Vereins für Schwaben und Neuburg, 1887, 95), and wife of sculptor Hans Adolph Doucher (ca. 1488-1538, Augsburg). She and her sister Maxencia Wisinger were baptized by a preacher named Thomas (probably Thomas Waldhausen) in the house of the lacemaker Huber. In their house in the Easter week of 1528 during the absence of her husband the last large meeting was held before the violent suppression of the Augsburg Anabaptists. This meeting was surprised, and the council had all those present who could not escape, 88 persons, arrested. Whereas in Augsburg those who permitted Anabaptist meetings to be held in their homes had their cheeks burned through with irons, Susanna Doucher as an expectant mother escaped this inhuman treatment, but was expelled from the city. What became of her is not known.


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Author(s) Christian Hege
Date Published June 2014

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