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Elze Quirijnsdochter, a revolutionary Anabaptist, who together with her husband Harman Henricxszn and others was taken prisoner at Amsterdam on 18 July 1540. Before this time she had been in Antwerp, Belgium. She was drowned on 28 March 1541, at Amsterdam. This group likely were followers of Batenburg. During the trial she revealed that she had been taken in’t verbont (into the union) of the Anabaptists by Cornelis van Schiltwolt, an otherwise unknown leader; she became a member not by baptism, but merely by laying on of hands.


Grosheide, Greta. Bijdrage tot de geschiedenis der Anabaptisten in Amsterdam. Hilversum: J. Schipper, Jr., 1938: 145-46, 308.

Author(s) Nanne van der Zijpp
Date Published 1956

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