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Jan Claesz, a cloth shearer of Gouda, Dutch prov­ince of South Holland (not of Grouw, Friesland), an otherwise unknown Anabaptist martyr, was be­headed at Leeuwarden, capital of Friesland, together with four others, on 8 February 1539, charged with (re) baptism and "contempt of the holy sacrament and the institutions of the Holy Church."


Hoop Scheffer, Jacob Gijsbert de. Inventaris der Archiefstukken berustende bij de Vereenigde Doopsgezinde Gemeente to Amsterdam.

2 v. Amsterdam: Uitgegeven en ten geschenke aangeboden door den Kerkeraad dier Gemeente, 1883-1884: I, 746.

Pasma, F. H. De Doopsgezinden te GrouwGrouw, 1930: 5, note 1.

Author(s) Nanne van der Zijpp
Date Published 1957

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