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Jan Claesz Cock (Jan de Cock), a Dutch Anabaptist leader, executed at The Hague on 24 March 1535 by being torn to pieces. Though not much is known about his activities, he must have been a man of great influence, for Reinier Brunt, attorney general of the Court of Holland, called him "a bishop, being a great preacher of the new sect." He was living at Delft, Dutch province of South Holland, and about the spring of 1534 adopted the Anabaptist-Münsterite principles. He not only baptized a large number of persons, but was also involved in revolutionary activity, such as an assault planned on Amsterdam. He was arrested at Terheide near The Hague and before his judges named a large number of leading Anabaptists. Maybe it was for this reason that David Joris also betrayed by Cock, left Delft.

Bibliography

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Hoop Scheffer, Jacob Gijsbert de. Inventaris der Archiefstukken berustende bij de Vereenigde Doopsgezinde Gemeente to Amsterdam. 2 v. Amsterdam: Uitgegeven en ten geschenke aangeboden door den Kerkeraad dier Gemeente, 1883-1884: I, Nos. 213, 745.

Mellink, Albert F. De Wederdopers in de noordelijke Nederlanden 1531-1544. Groningen: J.B. Wolters, 1954: 77, 85, 213-18, 371.


Author(s) Nanne van der Zijpp
Date Published 1957


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