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Trijn Jansdochter, an Anabaptist martyr, executed at Amsterdam on 21 May 1535. Trijn was the wife of Jan de Backer and lived on the Pijlsteeg at Amsterdam. In early November 1534 she had been baptized by Jan Matthijs van Middelburg. The rebel Anabaptists who besieged the Amsterdam town hall on 10-11 May 1535, had gathered in her house before going out to attack. Though it is not expressly stated, Trijn may have shared their revolutionary views. She was sentenced to be strangled and to be hanged before her own home.


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Author(s) Nanne van der Zijpp
Date Published 1959

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