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Willem Willemsz, a tailor of Utrecht, Netherlands, a member of the Utrecht congregation, was ar­rested there in 1562. He declared that he had not attended the Catholic Church since 1559, in which year he had bought a New Testament. Since 1560 he had attended Mennonite meetings, and was baptized in early 1561 by Elder Joost Verbeeck of Antwerp. Besides a New Testament he also possessed a copy of the first Dutch martyr book, <em>Offer des Heeren</em> (first ed. 1562). After being tortured two or three times Willem recanted and was ban­ished from the town on 12 May 1562, and sentenced to the galleys.

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Hoop Scheffer, Jacob Gijsbert de. Inventaris der Archiefstukken berustende bij de Vereenigde Doopsgezinde Gemeente to Amsterdam. 2 v. Amsterdam: Uitgegeven en ten geschenke aangeboden door den Kerkeraad dier Gemeente, 1883-1884: I, Nos. 47c, 398a.

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Author(s) Nanne van der Zijpp
Date Published 1959


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van der Zijpp, Nanne. "Willem Willemsz (16th century)." Global Anabaptist Mennonite Encyclopedia Online. 1959. Web. 23 Sep 2014. http://gameo.org/index.php?title=Willem_Willemsz_(16th_century)&oldid=86115.

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van der Zijpp, Nanne. (1959). Willem Willemsz (16th century). Global Anabaptist Mennonite Encyclopedia Online. Retrieved 23 September 2014, from http://gameo.org/index.php?title=Willem_Willemsz_(16th_century)&oldid=86115.




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