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Cunerus Petri from Brouwershaven, Dutch province of Zeeland, was a Catholic priest of Saint Peter's Church at Louvain, Belgium, and in 1570-1578 a bishop at Leeuwarden, Friesland. He died in 1580 at Cologne, Germany. He published Den Schilt teghen die Wederdoopers . . . bysonder die Mennonisten (Leuven, 1568). This very prejudiced writing contains no important information, but on the contrary many great errors. For example, Menno Simons is said to have been a schoolteacher. As bishop in Leeuwarden he persistently persecuted the Mennonites; Reytse Aysesz, executed in 1574, was a victim of his fanaticism.


Reitsma, J. Honderd jaren uit de Geschiedenis der Hervorming . . . in Friesland. Leeuwarden, 1876: 152-70, 178.

Author(s) Nanne van der Zijpp
Date Published 1959

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Zijpp, Nanne van der. "Petri, Cunerus (d. 1580)." Global Anabaptist Mennonite Encyclopedia Online. 1959. Web. 26 Oct 2016.,_Cunerus_(d._1580)&oldid=121214.

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Zijpp, Nanne van der. (1959). Petri, Cunerus (d. 1580). Global Anabaptist Mennonite Encyclopedia Online. Retrieved 26 October 2016, from,_Cunerus_(d._1580)&oldid=121214.

Adapted by permission of Herald Press, Harrisonburg, Virginia, and Kitchener, Ontario, from Mennonite Encyclopedia, Vol. 4, p. 155. All rights reserved.

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