Adriaen Lourysz (d. 1534)

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Adriaen Lourysz, an Anabaptist martyr, was beheaded at Haarlem, Holland, on 26  March 1534, with six other martyrs. He was the preacher (leeraar) of the congregation at Leiden (Dutch province of South Holland), a tawer by trade. His indictment states that he had been rebaptized, and according to his own testimony had baptized many himself, that he also had an "other opinion" of the Holy Sacrament of the Altar (the Mass) than that of the "Holy Church" (Roman Catholic) and that he did not regret holding this opinion. He was condemned to be led to the scaffold and there "executed with the sword," and his body then placed on a wheel and his head displayed on a pole as an abhorrent example. The sentence of Adriaen and the six other brethren is fully treated in Doopsgezinde Bijdragen (1917): 150-51.

K. Vos writes at length about Adriaen in Doopsgezinde Bijdragen (1917): 143-50, and states that he was captured in Haarlem, was also called Adriaen Vermeer, and was likely the father of the later (Reformed) burgomaster of Leiden, Pieter Adriaensz van der Werff.


Hoop Scheffer, Jacob Gijsbert de. Inventaris der Archiefstukken berustende bij de Vereenigde Doopsgezinde Gemeente to Amsterdam, 2 vols. Amsterdam: Uitgegeven en ten geschenke aangeboden door den Kerkeraad dier Gemeente, 1883-1884: v. I, No. 745.

Doopsgezinde Bijdragen (1917): 143-152. Available in full electronic text at;view=1up;seq=153.

Author(s) Nanne van der Zijpp
Date Published 1955

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