Aeffgen Lystyncx (16th century)

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Aeffgen Lystyncx (Aeff Pietersdochter, wife of Geryt Lystyncx), was a native of Amsterdam or perhaps of Limmen in the Dutch province of North Holland. A very wealthy woman, she was won to the Anabaptist cause and played a very active role in the movement. She was repeatedly fined but could not be captured because she was continually in flight (1533, 1536, 1538). Without any doubt she was a member of the congregation and exerted much influence, but it is doubtful that this influence was always the best, for she was drawn more and more into the Münster maelstrom. In the early part of 1535 she resided in Jan van Leyden's New Jerusalem where she was known as a prophetess. Upon the fall of Münster, June 1535, she was imprisoned, yet evidently set free, for in December 1535 she was recaptured at Hazerswoude in the Dutch province of South Holland because she participated in the revolt there. She then received pardon but later was again active. In 1538 she was banned perpetually from Holland and her property confiscated. Her husband, evidently not an Anabaptist, protested. After this she disappears from history. She is one of those numerous figures who during this agitated period in the Netherlands sought for spiritual renewal but who never had the satisfaction of arriving at a peaceful and loyal acceptance of the Gospel.

Her son was Arys Gerritsz, martyred in 1534.


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Grosheide, Greta. Bijdrage tot de geschiedenis der Anabaptisten in Amsterdam. Hilversum: J. Schipper, Jr., 1938: 33, 55-57, 76, 81-82..

Author(s) Nanne van der Zijpp
Date Published 1955

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