BLAURER, MARGARETHA: Sister of Ambrosias Blaurer (q.v.), one of the most intelligent and deeply religious women of the Reformation time; d. in Constance 1542. She became deeply interested in the person and work of Pilgram. Marbeck (q.v.) during his residence in Strasburg (1528-1532) and, whether she sympathized with his antipedobaptist teaching or not, reproached Butzer for his intolerant proceedings against Marbeck and refused to be convinced by Butzer's arguments that Marbeck was a heretic or a hypocrite. She died while ministering to the plague-stricken poor of Constance, and has the honor of being one of the first Protestant women to engage in diaconal service.



Bibliography: J. W. Baum, Capito und Butzer, passim Elberfeld, 1860; C. Gerbert, Geschichte der Strassburger Sectenbewegung zur Zeit der Reformation, 1524-1584, pp. 97 sqq., Strasburg, 1889; and literature under BLAURER, AMBROSIUS.