Klaus Hottinger

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Klaus Hottinger was a shoemaker born in Zollikon. A disciple of Zwingli, he took part in the famous "Affair of the Sausages" of 1522 which marked the public beginning of the Reformation in Switzerland.[1] In 1523 he overthrew a wooden crucifix at Stadelhofen on the outskirts of Zurich. He was as a consequence banished from the canton in November 1523. He was executed in Lucerne on 9 March 1524, despite Zurich's effort to intervene on his behalf, and thus became the first martyr of the Swiss Protestant movement.[2]

See also


  1. ^ Hans Ulrich Bächtold in the Historisches Lexikon der Schweiz Retrieved 2011-03-14.
  2. ^ Hans Ulrich Bächtold in the Historisches Lexikon der Schweiz Retrieved 2011-03-14.


  • Hans Ulrich Bächtold: Hottinger, Klaus [Niklaus] in German, French and Italian in the online Historical Dictionary of Switzerland.
  • Goertz, Hans-Jürgen; Trevor Johnson (1996). The Anabaptists. New York, London: Routledge. p. 39. ISBN 978-0-415-08238-9. OCLC 34410638. Retrieved 2008-09-27.
  • Schaff, Philip; David Schley Schaff (1894). History of the Christian Church. C. Scribners Sons.: "A band of citizens, under the lead of a shoemaker, Klaus Hottinger, overthrew the great wooden crucifix in Stadelhofen, near the city, and committed other ..."

External links

  • Global Anabaptist Mennonite Encyclopedia Online (GAMEO)
  • Hottinger Genealogy in French
  • Philip Schaff, History of the Christian Church
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