Liège (Liège, Belgium)
Liège (Liége before 1946; Dutch, Luik) is a city in Belgium (1949 population, 156,200; 2004 population, 187,000; coordinates: 50° 38′ 0″ N, 5° 34′ 0″ E), where some Anabaptists were found in the 16th century. Wilhelm Stupman (Mottencop) from Aachen, Germany, is said to have founded an Anabaptist congregation here in 1533. Of this congregation, however, almost nothing is known. Two "Lutheran" (i.e., heretical) women, who in 1541 were thrown from Pont des Arches (arched Bridge) into the Meuse River, were apparently Anabaptists. Their names are unknown. In 1570 a Mennonite woman, Lyntgen Kernels, suffered martyrdom at Liège, but there is no evidence of a congregation there at that time.
Among the fifteen craftsmen who were banished from Liege in 1533 for heresy and the 36 others who were pardoned, there were undoubtedly some Anabaptists. In the same year (1533) Jean Bomeromenus, a book printer, Lambert van Buren, and Jean Stordeur, who are indicated as Anabaptists, saved their lives by leaving Liege. Hans Zurelius, a book printer who fled to Strasbourg about 1538 and later to Ulm, where he collaborated with Sebastian Franck, was an Anabaptist.
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Halkin, Léon-E. Le Réforme en Belgique sous Charles-Quint. Brussels: La Renaissance du livre, 1957: 53, 81, 83, 84 f.
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