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Claes Opreyder, an Anabaptist martyr, was taken prisoner by the Spaniards at Deventer, Dutch province of Overijssel on 11 March 1571, together with 11 other Mennonites. He was burned at the stake at Deventer on 16 June 1571. After he had ascended the scaffold platform he knelt for prayer, but the executioner disturbed him because the Spaniards wanted to avoid the impression that he was a man of faith.

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Braght, Thieleman J. van. Het Bloedigh Tooneel of Martelaers Spiegel der Doopsgesinde of Weereloose Christenen, Die om ‘t getuygenis van Jesus haren Salighmaker geleden hebben ende gedood zijn van Christi tijd of tot desen tijd toe. Den Tweeden Druk. Amsterdam: Hieronymus Sweerts, …, 1685: Part II, 552 f.

Braght, Thieleman J. van. The Bloody Theatre or Martyrs’ Mirror of the Defenseless Christians Who Baptized Only upon Confession of Faith and Who Suffered and Died for the Testimony of Jesus Their Saviour… to the Year A.D. 1660. Scottdale, PA: Herald Press, 1951: 885 f. Available online at: http://www.homecomers.org/mirror/index.htm.

Doopsgezinde Bijdragen (1919): 29-37.

Hege, Christian and Christian Neff. Mennonitisches Lexikon, 4 vols. Frankfurt & Weierhof: Hege; Karlsruhe; Schneider, 1913-1967: v. III, 307.


Author(s) Nanne van der Zijpp
Date Published 1953


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van der Zijpp, Nanne. "Claes Opreyder (d. 1571)." Global Anabaptist Mennonite Encyclopedia Online. 1953. Web. 29 Aug 2014. http://gameo.org/index.php?title=Claes_Opreyder_(d._1571)&oldid=79682.

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van der Zijpp, Nanne. (1953). Claes Opreyder (d. 1571). Global Anabaptist Mennonite Encyclopedia Online. Retrieved 29 August 2014, from http://gameo.org/index.php?title=Claes_Opreyder_(d._1571)&oldid=79682.




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