Richard Puller von Hohenburg

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Burning of von Hohenburg and his servant before the walls of Zürich for sodomy. Zürich, 1482

Richard Puller von Hohenburg (1454 - September 24, 1482)[1] was a 15th-century Swiss nobleman and knight. He is notable for his execution for his homosexuality.

In 1463, a servant claimed he had been courted by von Hohenburg and he was stripped of his lands but, due to his influence, no trial was conducted. Again in 1474 he was arrested for sodomy, but as a noble he was not sentenced to death and was released in 1476, under the condition he give up his possessions. As soon as he was released he fled to Switzerland, fighting for his possessions once more.

In 1482, when it was politically expedient that he be disposed of, a liaison between von Hohenburg and his servant, Anton Mätzler, was uncovered. They were executed by burning in 1482, outside the gates of Zürich.[2][3]


  1. ^ "Richard Puller von Hohenburg". 29 June 2004. Retrieved 28 January 2019.
  2. ^ Puff, Helmut (2003). Sodomy in Reformation Germany and Switzerland, 1400-1600. University of Chicago Press. p. 45-46.
  3. ^ Puff, Helmut (2002). "The Sodomite's Clothes: Gift-Giving and Sexual Excess in Early Modern Germany and Switzerland". In McClanan, Anne; Encarnacion, Karen Rosoff (eds.). The Material Culture of Sex, Procreation, and Marriage in Premodern Europe. Palgrave Macmillan. p. 256.