Benschop (Utrecht, Netherlands)
Benschop, a village in the Dutch province of Utrecht, was soon after 1530 the center of an active Anabaptist movement; Ghijsbrecht van Baeck, the magistrate of IJsselstein, to which Benschop belonged, did not oppose the Anabaptists, and his wife, Elsa van Lostadt, joined them. The Anabaptist movement here was predominantly of a revolutionary character. One of the preachers of the group was Gerrit Ghysen. Among the 3,000 who came over the Zuiderzee from Amsterdam on 27 April 1534 on their way to Münster in response to the call of Jan van Leyden, there were at least 150 persons from Benschop. In the next year more than 300 Anabaptists from Benschop appeared to help in the attempt to storm Amsterdam, which was launched by Jan van Feelen (10 May 1535). After this the movement apparently soon disintegrated.
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