Lindanus, Wilhelmus (1523-1588)

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Wilhelmus Lindanus (Willem Damasz van Lindt), born 1523 at Dordrecht in the Dutch province of South Holland, Dutch inquisitor and bishop, was educated at the University of Leuven (Louvain), Belgium, received a doctorate in theology and was made dean at The Hague. As vicar of the Bishop of Utrecht he was made spiritual commissar (geestelijk commissaris), charged with the control of heresy in Holland, Friesland, and Zeeland. Although he was energetic and thorough in the assigned task, his calmness distinguished him favorably from his colleague Tapper and others. "He listens well and is not easily angered" (Martyrs' Mirror). In 1556 he went to Friesland. Victims of his activity were the high-ranking Jacques d'Auchy, Claesken, and her husband Hendrik Eeuwesz, all of whom were executed at Leeuwarden in 1559. When the new bishoprics were established in 1561 Lindanus was made bishop at Roermond, then at Ghent, where he died on 2 November 1588. He also wrote numerous books admonishing the Catholic Church to improve the life of its members; e.g., Oprecht Tryakel teghen 'tvenijn alder dolinghen onses tijdts . . . (Antwerp, 1567).


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Author(s) Nanne van der Zijpp
Date Published 1957

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