- Martin Ruhnke
(b Mühlhausen, Jan 13, 1532; d Mühlhausen, April 8, 1598). German hymn writer. He attended the municipal school at Mühlhausen and then studied at Leipzig from 1547 until 1549 and at Erfurt. In 1550, having obtained the bachelor’s degree, he became a headmaster at Mühlhausen, but in 1552 he resumed his studies at Erfurt; he gained the master’s degree there in 1554 and lectured on poetry. In 1559 he married the daughter of an Erfurt senator and in 1562 he became deputy headmaster of the newly founded Pädagogium at Erfurt. An epidemic forced him to leave there in 1563, but he returned after the reopening of the university in 1565 and was appointed dean of the philosophy faculty. In 1566 Emperor Maximilian II honoured him with the poet’s laurel wreath. Because of his Protestant faith Helmbold was dismissed from his university post in 1570 and he returned to Mühlhausen, where at first he reverted to schoolteaching; but in ...