Martin Rinckart

RINCKART, Martin (or ‘Rinkart’). b. Eilenburg, Saxony, 23 or 24 April 1586; d. Eilenburg, 8 Dec 1649. Born the son of a coppersmith, he was educated at the Latin School at Eilenburg; in 1601 he became a chorister and teaching assistant at the Thomasschule at Leipzig. He studied at the University of Leipzig from 1602, becoming precentor at St Nicolai, Eisleben, and deacon there in 1611. In 1613 he became pastor at Erdeborn, near Eisleben, and in 1617 he was appointed archdeacon of his native town of Eilenburg. There he endured the troubles of the Wars of Religion. He is said to have saved the town from a ruinous payment to the Swedish army in 1635 by persuading the townspeople to sing on...

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