In the early 13th century many people suffered from the Inquisition, one of whose principal proponents was Konrad von Magdeburg. The Inquisitor’s harshness was rejected both by the populace and the nobility. Opposition movements began to form: peasants, noblemen, the clergy and academics joined to protect the alleged heretics.

After Konrad’s death a community developed that was much more than a mere pressure group. It was a coalition of people who would never have come together under normal circumstances, but who nonetheless shared a common aim: to stand up for their fellow men, to accept and to integrate them into society, and to learn from each other.

In 1234 it was time to officially publicise the Fraternity. Kindness, intelligence and creativity gave rise to “Boni et Callidi Thuringiae”. The first use of the acronym Bocathur can be traced back to 1235.