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Claes Adriaens Proper of Rotterdam, Holland, was sentenced to death by the Court of Holland on 21 April 1558, because he had created a disturbance during the execution of the Anabaptist martyr Jan Hendriksz in a vain attempt to liberate this victim and others who were to be executed. It is not clear whether Claes Adriaens was an Anabaptist himself; likely he was not.


Hoog, I. M. J. De Martelaren  der Hervorming. Schiedam, 1885: 237 ff.

Hoop Scheffer, Jacob Gijsbert de. Inventaris der Archiefstukken berustende bij de Vereenigde Doopsgezinde Gemeente to Amsterdam, 2 vols. Amsterdam: Uitgegeven en ten geschenke aangeboden door den Kerkeraad dier Gemeente, 1993-1884: v. I, No. 385.

Author(s) Nanne van der Zijpp
Date Published 1953

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