Bergklooster (Overijssel, Netherlands)

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Bergklooster, a half-mile from Hasselt in the Dutch province of Overijssel, is the place designated by the Münsterites as the gathering place where those who wished to go to Münster would assemble on 24 March 1534. Twenty-seven boats from various places crossed the Zuiderzee and sailed on the Swarte Water to land at Bergklooster, with a total of about 3,000 men, women, and children on board, who expected to find a Jeremiah (2 Maccabees 15) to show them the way to the kingdom of God. The misled crowd, who on orders from Münster probably had weapons with them though they did not use them, fell into the hands of the authorities here. No shot was released and no sword drawn, a fact that showed clearly that though these "innocent people" had indeed given ear to Jan van Leyden's enticing voice, they were by no means revolutionaries. A number of the 3,000 were put to death, especially the leaders, and the rest were sent back home after a short imprisonment.


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Author(s) Nanne van der Zijpp
Date Published 1953

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