Maurice continued the struggle with Spain with vigor, displaying more talent as a general than as a statesman. In his later years he was a fanatical Calvinist, though probably from political rather than religious considerations, and as such he persecuted the Remonstrants. Toward the Mennonites he was tolerant. When the magistrate of Middelburg oppressed the Mennonites living in that city, and Maillaert de Poorter and Joost Leonisse (Joos Loysen) in the name of the Mennonites appealed to the prince, he wrote a letter dated 4 March 1593 ordering the Middelburg authorities to leave to the Mennonites all the liberties his father had granted them. As Duke of Mörs and Lord of Krefeld, he also protected the Mennonites of this area in 1622 against his bailiff Sterckenburg, who wanted to execute the Mennonites of Krefeld for holding meetings.
Brandt, G. Historie der Reformatie I. 2nd ed. Amsterdam, 1677: 780 f. where the letter of 1598 is found in full.
Cate, Steven Blaupot ten. Geschiedenis der Doopsgezinden in Holland, Zeeland, Utrecht en Gelderland. 2 v. Amsterdam: P.N. van Kampen, 1847: v. I, 214.
Doopsgezinde Bijdragen (1908): 40.
Doopsgezinde Jaarboekje (1930): 136, note 1.
Der Mennonit IX, No. 7 (July 1956): 107.
Hege, Christian and Christian Neff. Mennonitisches Lexikon, 4 vols. Frankfurt & Weierhof: Hege; Karlsruhe; Schneider, 1913-1967: v. III, 167.
|Author(s)||Nanne van der Zijpp|
|Richard D. Thiessen|
|Date Published||October 2007|
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