Mantelhof (Baden-Württemberg, Germany)

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Mantelhof, a farm in the Aalen district of Württemberg, Germany, the site of numerous martyrdoms. On 1 January 1531, the horsemen of Württemberg and of the provost of Ellwangen, led by provost Aichelin, surprised Mantelhof and seized the resident farmer and his son besides 20 other persons, all of them Anabaptists. The farmer and his son were hanged on a linden tree in the neighboring village of Essingen. The farmer was let down three times, and was offered his life if he would be converted, but to no avail. The son was probably similarly treated. The others were given a chance to recant and save their lives; few did so. Fourteen of them lost their lives by being burned together with the house they were in. Beck states that 23 persons were burned at Mantelhof. The saying was current that if they had waited another day or two a large crowd of Anabaptists, perhaps 200, would have been caught at Mantelhof, for there were many of them in the desolate places of the Aalbuch. Some of them were seized by Wolf von Rechberg at Hohenrechberg and released upon payment of a fine.


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Author(s) Gustav, Sr Bossert
Date Published 1957

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