Humstervrede (Peace of Humsterland)

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About 1550 divisions began to take place among the Dutch Mennonites. About 1566 the great division between the Frisians and the Flemish occurred at Franeker and Harlingen, and soon spread throughout the country. Violently and irreconcilably they opposed each other. The peaceable, who watched with pain, spared no efforts to heal the breach. Jan Willems was finally successful in establishing a temporary easing of tension on the basis of several articles; the agreement was signed in Humsterland (near Noordhorn) in the province of Groningen, and hence was called the "Peace of Humsterland." The Frisians especially expected much of it, and for a while it seemed that the discussions following it at Hoorn (1576) might bring peace. But the attitude of the Flemish elders was such that all further attempts at peace (1578 at Emden and Hoorn) failed. The question at issue was the application of the ban. The conflict remained sharp and the number of separations increased. Peace did not come for more than a century.


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Author(s) Nanne van der Zijpp
Date Published 1956

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