Starter, Jan Jansz (1594-1626)

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Jan Jansz Starter was born in Amsterdam in 1594 of English Brownist parents. He joined the Waterlander Mennonites, was a bookseller at Leeuwarden in Friesland in 1614-20, back in Amsterdam in 1621, and soon after accepted an administrative office in the army of Ernst von Mansfeld. During a military campaign he met his early death near the Hungarian border in September 1626. Starter was an artist, poet, and engraver. His best-known work is Friesche Lusthof, a volume of poems published at Amsterdam in 1621 (reprints 1622, 1624-25, 1627). Concerning his connections with the Mennonite Church there is not much information. They probably were rather loose. Starter's Menniste Vryage (Mennonite Courtship) satirizes the "fijne" Mennonites.


Algemeen Doopsgezinde Weekblad XII (1957-58): No. 45.

Kalff, G. Geschichte der Nederlandische Letterkunde IV. Groningen, 1909: 172-82.

Author(s) Nanne van der Zijpp
Date Published 1959

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Adapted by permission of Herald Press, Harrisonburg, Virginia, from Mennonite Encyclopedia, Vol. 4, p. 611. All rights reserved.

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