Thijs in die Starre (d. 1535)
Thijs in die Starre (Mathys Spangemecker), an Anabaptist of Maastricht in the Netherlands, who after recanting was beheaded at Maastricht on 4 February 1535. With some 15 or 16 others he had been arrested on 28 January 1535. They were all members of the congregation founded by Henric Rol, and after his martyrdom in September 1534 were led by Jan Smeitgen. In the trial of Thijs and the others interesting information about the congregational life and views of this Maastricht Anabaptist congregation was given. There was a growing Münsterite spirit among these Maastricht Anabaptists. The whole group recanted except Bartholomeus van den Berge and Mente Jan Heynendochter. Thijs's wife, also a member of the congregation, fled after the execution of her husband; the city board took care of their children.
Bax, W. Het Protestantisme in het Bisdom Luik ... I. The Hague, 1937: 116-18 et passim.
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