Lutheran reformer of Thuringia. A member of the Franciscan Order, he sympathized with M. Luther's attack on indulgences and was confined in various houses of his Order. In 1524 he fled and in the same year was appointed preacher at Gotha. Here he married, reformed the schools, and exercised a powerful moral influence. In correspondence with Luther and P. Melanchthon, he played a leading part in the Reform Movement. His Historia Reformationis, written in conjunction with J. Heller, is a valuable contemporary source.
Subjects: Early Modern History (1500 to 1700) — Christianity.