Marcus Cornelisz (d. 1535)

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Marcus Cornelisz, a bagmaker of Westkapelle, a village on the island of Walcheren (Holland), was beheaded on 30 April 1535, at Middelburg, capital of the Dutch province of Zeeland, because he refused to "make an offering at the burial of his children, as God has not commanded it. The dead have no help or ease that can be given by those living under the sun. One must confess not to priests but to God; thus the preachers have taught him, and there is no purgatory." Marcus Cornelisz had attended an Anabaptist meeting at Middelburg shortly before Christmas of 1534, where Damas Jacobsz of Leiden urged his listeners to march to Amsterdam and other towns to take these towns by force, but Marcus did not agree with such ideas and had left the meeting. He had been arrested before 14 January 1535, and was tortured on 8 March. During the trial he recanted. He was 25 years of age.


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Author(s) Christian Neff
Nanne van der Zijpp
Date Published 1957

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