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Cruciger (Creutziger)

CRUCIGER (CREUTZIGER), Elisabeth (née von Meseritz). b. Meseritz, Pomerania (now Międzyrzecze, Poland), ca. 1500; d. Wittenberg, 2 May 1535. From a noble Catholic family, she was sent to be educated at a Premonstratensian convent, where she studied Latin and Biblical Studies. She became a nun, but under the influence of Johannes Bugenhagen (1485-1558, Luther’s ‘Doktor Pomeranus’, the Lutheran apostle to Pomerania), she left the convent in 1521. She married Caspar Cruciger/Creutziger, a pupil and friend of Martin Luther*. Caspar became the pastor at Magdeburg before returning to Wittenberg, where Elisabeth is said to have been a friend of Luther’s wife. She had two children, one of whom...

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