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Schwenckfeld, Kaspar von
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(1489, Ossig [Osiek] – Dec 10, 1561, Ulm). After studying at Cologne and Frankfurt an der Oder, Schwenckfeld v. Ossig, scion of a noble Silesian family, returned to diplomatic service in the duchy of Liegnitz, a position he had to resign for health reasons in 1523. An early follower of Luther, he sought to spread the Reformation in Silesia by extensive preaching and personal influence on Duke Frederick II of Liegnitz (1480–1547).

Along with his early dependence on Luther, he also incorporated strong strains of mysticism into his own theology, which h…

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Leppin, Volker, “Schwenckfeld, Kaspar von”, in: Religion Past and Present. Consulted online on 14 October 2019 <>
First published online: 2011
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004146662, 2006-2013

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