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Christiana Michiel Barents (Christiana Barentsdochter), born ca. 1489, married the medical doctor Mathijs van der Donck. She was baptized in 1534 by Jan Smeetgen (Smeitgen) of Maastricht. A zealous disciple of David Joris, she fled to England with Anneken Jans. In November 1538 both returned to visit David Joris. During their wagon journey from Ijsselmonde to Rotterdam, they sang a spiritual song which became their undoing. When they later waited for a connection to Delft, they were both arrested. They were interrogated on 24 December, following which their confession led to the arrest of numerous followers of David Joris in Delft. On 24 January 1539 both women were executed by drowning. Christiana's daughter Anna Mathijs van der Donck experienced the same fate on 11 June 1539, at Utrecht.


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Author(s) S. B. J Zilverberg
Date Published 1987

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Zilverberg, S. B. J. "Barents, Christiana Michiel (1489-1539)." Global Anabaptist Mennonite Encyclopedia Online. 1987. Web. 25 May 2016.,_Christiana_Michiel_(1489-1539)&oldid=75168.

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Zilverberg, S. B. J. (1987). Barents, Christiana Michiel (1489-1539). Global Anabaptist Mennonite Encyclopedia Online. Retrieved 25 May 2016, from,_Christiana_Michiel_(1489-1539)&oldid=75168.

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