Tauler, JOHANN (circa 1300-61), German mystic, was born at Strasburg, and entered the Dominican Order. In early life he appears to have been a pupil of Meister Eckhart. When the Dominicans were expelled from Strasburg owing to their resistance to a Papal interdict, Tauler withdrew to Basel, where he became associated with the Friends of God. The influence of this fraternity is seen in the practical bent which distinguished him during the remainder of his life. It is especially marked in the Sermons, which form one of the earliest monuments of German prose literature.