Huyge, Jacobsz Kraen (d. 1534)

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Jacobsz Kraen (Craen) Huyge (Huych), a Dutch Anabaptist martyr, was burned at the stake at The Hague on 15 April 1534, together with two anonymous martyrs; his wife Maritgen had been put to death at Haarlem, Dutch province of North Holland, shortly before by being drowned. Huyge was a native of the Dutch village of Hazerswoude, province of South Holland. According to van Braght's Martyrs' Mirror, which erroneously gives 1532 as the year of his death, he was a peaceful Anabaptist, but the records studied by Vos and Mellink show that he was an adherent of revolutionary principles. In March 1534 he took part in a journey to Münster and was arrested en route at Bergklooster. With his wife and some others he was first taken to Haarlem, where his wife was executed, then to The Hague.  According to Vos he was a leader of the revolutionary Anabaptists of South Holland. He was a rather wealthy man, which was an exception among the early Dutch Anabaptists.


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Hege, Christian and Christian Neff.  Mennonitisches Lexikon. Frankfurt & Weierhof: Hege; Karlsruhe: Schneider, 1913-1967: v. II, 555.

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Author(s) Nanne van der Zijpp
Date Published 1956

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van der Zijpp, Nanne. "Huyge, Jacobsz Kraen (d. 1534)." Global Anabaptist Mennonite Encyclopedia Online. 1956. Web. 21 Apr 2018.,_Jacobsz_Kraen_(d._1534)&oldid=95370.

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van der Zijpp, Nanne. (1956). Huyge, Jacobsz Kraen (d. 1534). Global Anabaptist Mennonite Encyclopedia Online. Retrieved 21 April 2018, from,_Jacobsz_Kraen_(d._1534)&oldid=95370.


Adapted by permission of Herald Press, Harrisonburg, Virginia, from Mennonite Encyclopedia, Vol. 2, p. 868. All rights reserved.

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