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Margriete Willems uyt Hitland, an Anabaptist martyr, sentenced at Amsterdam, Holland, on 10 July 1535 to be hanged and strangled, which was a rather unusual way of executing women. Margriete, who was the widow of Willem de Propheet (Willem de Cuyper), had been (re) baptized by Jan Volkertsz "four or five years ago," i.e., about 1531; Jan Volkertsz had also performed her marriage. Margriete was one of the Anabaptists who had sailed from Amsterdam in March 1534 en route to Münster, but were arrested at Bergklooster. She then was released, but soon after arrested again because of Anabaptist activity, also being charged of having contact with the Amsterdam Anabaptist bishop and leader Jacob van Campen. It is not clear whether she recanted or not.

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Mellink, Albert F. De Wederdopers in de noordelijke Nederlanden 1531-1544. Groningen: J.B. Wolters, 1954: 104, 147, 191, 346.

"Verhooren en Vonissen der Wederdoopers, betrokken bij de aanslagen op Amsterdam in 1534 en 1535", in Bijdragen en Mededeelingen van het Historisch Genootschap 41 (Amsterdam, 1920): 108f. Available in full electronic text at

Author(s) Nanne van der Zijpp
Date Published 1957

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