Krechting, Bernd (d. 1536)

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Bernd (Bernhard) Krechting, a brother of Hinrich Krechting, was a Catholic priest and educator at the court of the Count of Bentheim, Westphalia, Germany, and later a priest at Gildehaus. Here he began to preach Anabaptist views and consequently had to leave. He proceeded to Münster in 1534 and began to take an active part in the establishment of the Anabaptist kingdom, functioning as a minister and member of the council of Jan van Leyden. When the city was conquered by the bishop's troops he was tried, cruelly tortured, and put to death on 22 January 1536 together with Jan van Leyden and Bernhard Knipperdolling.


Buhr, Gerhard de. "Der Wiedertäufer Hinrich Krechting und seine Sippe." Manuscript in Mennonite Library and Archives, Bethel College (North Newton, KS)

Cornelius, C.A. Berichte der Augemeugen uber das Münsterische Wiedertäuferreich. Münster, 1853: 375 ff, 405 ff.

Author(s) Cornelius Krahn
Date Published 1957

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