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Hans Rueger (Ruegger), an Anabaptist martyr, a cabinetmaker of Hallau in the Swiss canton of Schaffhausen, was sentenced to die by the sword on 13 November 1527, (a) because he had permitted himself to be rebaptized and had sheltered Anabaptists; (b) because he had defended the peasant revolt and the insurrection of the vinedressers and fishermen; and (c) because he had bought a small house without having the funds to pay for it in the hope that in the course of the progress of the Gospel such payments as well as interest and tithes would be abolished and all things become common property.

"This is the first death sentence in Schaffhausen pronounced on an Anabaptist and no doubt carried out. We see that in this instance Anabaptism and treason were linked in the charge; to be sure, not a single revolutionary deed could be proved against this poor man, but only some improper words and thoughts, which may have been extorted from him on the rack" (Bächtold, 102).


"Die Schaffhauser Wiedertäufer in der Reformationszeit." Beiträge zur vaterländischen Geschichte ... VII. Schaffhausen, 1900: 71-118, especially 101 f.

Hege, Christian and Christian Neff. Mennonitisches Lexikon. 4 v. Frankfurt & Weierhof: Hege; Karlsruhe; Schneider, 1913-1967: v. III, 563.

Peachey, Paul. Die soziale Herkunft der Schweizer Täufer. Karlsruhe, 1954: 42, 65, 114, No. 112.

Schib, Karl. Quellen zur neueren Geschichte Schaffhausens. Thayngen and Schaffhausen, 1948: 27-31.

Author(s) Ernst Crous
Date Published 1959

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Crous, Ernst. "Rueger, Hans (d. 1527)." Global Anabaptist Mennonite Encyclopedia Online. 1959. Web. 20 May 2019. http://gameo.org/index.php?title=Rueger,_Hans_(d._1527)&oldid=67909.

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Crous, Ernst. (1959). Rueger, Hans (d. 1527). Global Anabaptist Mennonite Encyclopedia Online. Retrieved 20 May 2019, from http://gameo.org/index.php?title=Rueger,_Hans_(d._1527)&oldid=67909.


Adapted by permission of Herald Press, Harrisonburg, Virginia, from Mennonite Encyclopedia, Vol. 4, p. 376. All rights reserved.

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