Reyer Willemsz (16th century)
Reyer Willemsz (Reynier Franchynmaker, that is, maker of parchment), of Leiden, Holland, was arrested in 1542 at Leiden, when a number of Anabaptist books by David Joris were found in his house. After trial and torture, in which he admitted that he had printed and distributed "heretical books," the trial was delayed because of a jurisdictional conflict between the city magistrates of Leiden and the Court of Holland at The Hague. On 19 October 1545, Maria of Hungary, regent for the King of Spain at Brussels, authorized the Court of Holland to bring the trial to a close. There is no further information about this case. Probably Reyer was executed; but it is also possible that he died in prison. It is not clear whether Reyer Willemsz was an Anabaptist.
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