Fridli ab Iberg (16th century)

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Fridli ab Iberg was a native of Schwyz, Switzerland, who had joined the Anabaptist movement and moved to Zürich in 1525. Here he baptized Wilhelm of Wallis and was in prison with Manz, Grebel, and Ockenfuss. Especially Hans Ockenfuss had a great influence upon him. Fridli was released from prison on 4 April 1526, but banished from the territory of Zürich. Concerning further activity nothing is known. On 27 November 1526, his relatives in Schwyz addressed a remarkable letter to the magistrate of Zürich, writing that he "no longer would give any evidence of his former Anabaptist views," and asking permission for him to live in the city and canton of Zürich. He had thus apparently given up the Anabaptist faith.


Muralt, Leonhard von and Walter Schmid. Quellen zur Geschichte der Täufer in der Schweiz, I. Band: Zürich. Zürich: S. Hirzel, 1952: 177-179, 193, 211-212.

Author(s) Nanne van der Zijpp
Date Published 1956

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