(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.
¶ K. Schmidt, Nikolaus von Basel. Lehren und ausgewählte Schriften, 1875
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