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Peter Gael (Pieter Galen), an Anabaptist who after having participated in the revolt and the attack on Amsterdam city hall on 10-11 May, 1535, was put to death there in a very cruel way on 14 May 1535. He was typical of revolutionary Anabaptism. His confession contains important information concern­ing the extent and methods of revolutionary Anabaptism in the Netherlands (Holland). He revealed that this group wore a white ribbon on an arm and that they would kill all those not wearing such a ribbon. He also stated that Jacob van Campen, the Anabaptist bishop of Amsterdam, did not agree with their prac­tices and intentions. Peter Gail had been (re) bap­tized by Claes van Limmen, who is said to have been at Münster during Peter's trial.


Mellink, Albert F. De Wederdopers in de noordelijke Nederlanden 1531-1544. Groningen: J.B. Wolters, 1954,  passim, see Index.

Verhooren en Vonissen der Wederdoopers, betrokken bij de aanslagen op Amsterdam in 1534 en 1535, in Bijdragen en Mededeelingen van het Historisch Genootschap, vol. XLI. Amsterdam, 1920: 59-64.

Author(s) Nanne van der Zijpp
Date Published 1959

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