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Harman Coenraetsz (Herman van Kelder), a Dutch Anabaptist who was a native of the district of Cleve, Germany, was sentenced to death by the Court of Holland on 7 January 1539, because of being re-baptized. He was executed by beheading at Delft, South Holland, together with ten others. According to his own confession he had practiced polygamy. Obviously he and his companions were followers of David Joris.


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Doopsgezinde Bijdragen (1899): 158-60; (1917): 115, No. 51, 160-67.

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, 749.

Author(s) Nanne van der Zijpp
Date Published 1956

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