Saimer, Peter (d. 1588)

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Peter Saimer, an Anabaptist martyr, beheaded on 8 July 1588, at Freiburg in Bavaria, Germany. After his arrest at Freiburg he was taken to Berkhausen (?), but was soon brought back to Freiburg. Here he was tried. Both the officials and his friends tried to save him but Peter said, "I have one head; if I had two, or even more, I would rather suffer them all to be cut off than to renounce my faith." Thus he died valiantly. Van Braght says that his head, cut off, turned around facing the executioner, which made a deep impression on the crowd gathered around the execution place. He is the author of the first eight of the eighteen stanzas of the song, "Fröhlich will ich singen."


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Author(s) Nanne van der Zijpp
Date Published 1959

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Adapted by permission of Herald Press, Harrisonburg, Virginia, from Mennonite Encyclopedia, Vol. 4, p. 400. All rights reserved.

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