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Claes of Armentières (in France), an Anabaptist martyr, whose official name was Nicolaes de Stevele, was burned at the stake at Antwerp, 7 October 1575 together with Lijntjen. By trade he was a maker of embroidery.


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Author(s) Nanne van der Zijpp
Date Published 1953

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