But after his recantation his detention was made less severe and he was allowed many alleviations.
He accompanied Servetus to the stake, vainly urging him to a recantation at the last moment.
Eckhart appears, however, to have made a conditional recantation - that is, he professed to disavow whatever in his writings could be shown to be erroneous.
On the 21st of March he was taken to St Mary's church, and asked to repeat his recantation in the hearing of the people as he had promised.
The recantation was probably insincere, for on returning to his diocese he taught adoptianism as before.