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Claes Matthijszoon, an Anabaptist leader of Knollendam, Dutch province of North Holland, was burned at the stake on 10 April 1534, at The Hague, because "he had a bad opinion of the Holy Sacrament and was extremely obstinate." He was executed together with Jan Dircks of Alkmaar and another martyr also called Jan Dirkzoon. Of these three victims the Council of Holland wrote to the regent of the Emperor, Maria of Hungary at Brussels, that "they went to their death as sheep, which was wonderful and miserable to behold."


Doopsgezinde Bijdragen (1905): 173; (1917): 131, No. 129.

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, 1883-1884:v. I, Nos. 31, 745.

Author(s) Nanne van der Zijpp
Date Published 1953

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