heretic. He was a Beghard who preached in the area of Basle. According to Martin of Mainz, a disciple of his burnt in 1393, Nicholas claimed to understand the Gospels better than the Apostles, assumed ecclesiastical functions, and professed to release his followers from their obedience to the Church into a state of primal innocence. It is not clear that his views were as radical as Martin's confession implies. After evading the Inquisition for many years, he was burnt at Vienna.