Pieter de Houtzager (d. 1534)
Pieter de Houtzager (Peter Houdtsager), an adherent of the fanatical Jan Matthijsz van Haarlem, came to Friesland in December 1533. In the Frisian village of Arum he baptized a woman named Hillegond, who suffered a martyr's death by drowning at Kampen in February 1534. In December 1533 he stayed at Leeuwarden, capital of Friesland, where he baptized Dirk Philips and tried to win the Sacramentists in this town for his Anabaptist ideas and conviction. In a poster the government named Pieter de Houtzager with Melchior Hofmann, Jakob van Campen, Obbe Philips, and other "misleaders of the populace." He escaped persecution by flight to Amsterdam. He was one of the fanatical leaders who in March 1534 was taking many people by boat to Münster; but they were halted at Bergklooster near Genemuiden. On 26 March 1534, he was beheaded with Bartel (Bartholomeus) Boeckbinder (or van Halle) and five others at Haarlem.
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