Ambrosius Blarer

BLARER (or Blaurer), Ambrosius. b. Konstanz, Bodensee, 4 April 1492; d. Winterthur, 6 December 1564. He was educated from the age of 11, after the death of his father, at the Benediktinerkloster at Alpirsbach in the Black Forest. He entered the University of Tübingen (BA 1511, MA 1512), and after a further period of study, he returned to the Benedictine monastery. He was elected prior, but left in 1522, having been introduced to the writings of Martin Luther* by his [Blarer’s] brother Thomas. He returned to his mother and sister at Konstanz, and in 1525 he began a series of missionary journeys in southern Germany as a preacher of the Reformed Church: he sometimes described (as in the Swiss...

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