Jan Berne (16th century)
Jan Berne, a shoemaker, one of the four leaders of the Anabaptist congregation in Maastricht, Dutch province of Limburg, in whose home Henric Slachtscaep of Tongeren stayed in 1533, writing "letters and other things," according to a letter written by the Duke of Jülich to the city of Maastricht, 16 July 1533. In 1527 Jan Berne had been in court for "Lutheranism"; he was reading (said the charge) forbidden books. He was released upon a public church confession. One and one-half years later he was again in prison, with Jan van den Bosch. In 1532 he had been charged with blasphemy against the holy sacrament; in March 1533 he was accused of holding secret conferences. In 1535 he fled from the city with his wife. Nothing more is known of him.
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