Gotthard of Nonnenberg (d. 1558)

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Gotthard of Nonnenberg, an Anabaptist martyr, a deacon in the Jülich-Berg, Germany, Anabaptist group, was beheaded about 1558 with Peter Kramer after a  long  imprisonment. Van Braght relates, "When all saw their boldness, and perceived that they were upright, pious persons, . . . nearly everyone wept; the steward, the judges, deputy, and executioner, as well as the common people." Gotthard and Peter are commemorated in a hymn, "Merckt auff jhr völker überall," found in the German Mennonite hymnal Ein schön gesangbüchlein geistlicher Lieder of about 1580.


Braght, Thieleman J. van. Het Bloedigh Tooneel of Martelaers Spiegel der Doopsgesinde of Weereloose Christenen, Die om 't getuygenis van Jesus haren Salighmaker geleden hebben ende gedood zijn van Christi tijd of tot desen tijd toe. Den Tweeden Druk. Amsterdam: Hieronymus Sweerts, 1685: II, 207.

Braght, Thieleman J. van. The Bloody Theatre or Martyrs' Mirror of the Defenseless Christians Who Baptized Only upon Confession of Faith and Who Suffered and Died for the Testimony of Jesus Their Saviour . . . to the Year A.D. 1660: 590 f. Scottdale, PA: Herald Press, 1951. Available online at:

Hege, Christian and Christian Neff. Mennonitisches Lexikon, 4 vols. Frankfurt & Weierhof: Hege; Karlsruhe: Schneider, 1913-1967: v. II, 148.

Wolkan, Rudolf. Die Lieder der Wiedertäufer. Berlin, 1903. Reprinted Nieuwkoop: B. De Graaf, 1965: 101.

Author(s) Nanne van der Zijpp
Date Published 1956

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