Greuwel der vornahmsten Haupt-Ketzeren

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Engraving from Apocalypsis, or The revelation of certain notorious advancers of heresie. London, 1655. Scan provided  by the Mennonite Archives of Ontario.

Greuwel der vornahmsten Haupt-Ketzeren, So wohl Wiedertäufer, als auch andern (Leiden, 1608), is a translation of a Latin work published in the same year: Apocalypsis insignium aliquot Haeresiarchium, by an unknown author who is indicated by the letters "H.S.F.D.M.D." Besides the Latin and German versions, there are also three Dutch editions of this book: De voornaemste Hooft-Ketteren, Die haer in dese tijden so in Duytslant als oock in dese Nederlanden opgeworpen hebben (Leiden, 1608); Grouwelen der voornaemster Hooft-Ketteren (Leiden, 1623); and a reprint of the latter under the same title (n.p., n.d.). With the exception of this last version, all four editions differ from the original. An English translation appeared in 1655.

The Dutch edition of 1623 contains a chapter on Obbe Philips, and in an appendix some information on Menno Simons, Dirk Philips, and their followers. For Mennonite history this book is of no value, but the 17 engravings by Christoffel van Sichern which these books contain (the first Dutch edition has only 9) are valuable. Among these engravings there are portraits of Thomas Müntzer, Balthasar Hubmaier, Hans Hut, Ludwig Haetzer, Melchior Rinck, Melchior Hoffman, Jan Matthijsz van Haarlem, Jan Beukelsz (van Leyden), David Joris, and Adam Pastor. Menno Simons and Obbe Philips are not represented. The portraits of course have no guarantee of historical verisimilitude, since they were all made many years after the death of the subjects, and of all but one there were no contemporary representations.

Author(s) Nanne van der Zijpp
Date Published 1956

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