Nicholas of Basel
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[German Version]

(burned as a heretic in Vienna c. 1395). Nicholas led a group of followers who obeyed him unconditionally; it was his intention to guide them to perfection. Flouting ecclesiastical authority, he consecrated bishops and ordained priests. He is not to be identified with the legendary “Friend of God from the Oberland,” a literary fiction of R. Merswin.


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Ochsenbein, Peter, “Nicholas of Basel”, in: Religion Past and Present. Consulted online on 13 November 2018 <>
First published online: 2011
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004146662, 2006-2013

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