Graess, Heinrich (16th century)

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Heinrich (also Johann) Graess (Grass) was a native of Borken, Westphalia, Germany, and a teacher, was a "prophet" in the Anabaptist "kingdom" of Münster, who left Münster in October 1534 as an ambassador of Jan van Leyden, and was arrested at Iburg by the Bishop of Münster. He saved his life by promising to investigate and betray their military secrets to the bishop. He returned to Münster, leaving it a second time on 2 January 1535 to give the bishop the information, through which treachery a number of military projects of Jan van Leyden were prevented. The supposition that the "unknown messenger from Münster" who read Rothmann's book Van de Wrake before a meeting of Dutch Anabaptists in Waterland near Amsterdam is identical with Heinrich Grass (Doopsgezinde Bijdragen) is not very tenable.


Cornelius, C. A. Berichte der Augenzeugen über das münsterische Wiedertäuferreich. Münster,  1853: 115-118.

Doopsgezinde Bijdragen (1892): 11, note; (1896): 10, 12

Kühler, Wilhelmus Johannes. Geschiedenis der Nederlandsche Doopsgezinden in de Zestiende Eeuw. Haarlem: H.D. Tjeenk Willink, 1932: I, 128, 149 f.

Mellink, Albert F. De Wederdopers in de noordelijke Nederlanden 1531-1544. Groningen: J.B. Wolters, 1954.

Author(s) Nanne van der Zijpp
Date Published 1956

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Zijpp, Nanne van der. "Graess, Heinrich (16th century)." Global Anabaptist Mennonite Encyclopedia Online. 1956. Web. 2 Feb 2023.,_Heinrich_(16th_century)&oldid=107821.

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Zijpp, Nanne van der. (1956). Graess, Heinrich (16th century). Global Anabaptist Mennonite Encyclopedia Online. Retrieved 2 February 2023, from,_Heinrich_(16th_century)&oldid=107821.


Adapted by permission of Herald Press, Harrisonburg, Virginia, from Mennonite Encyclopedia, Vol. 2, p. 565. All rights reserved.

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