Jan Durps (d. 1559)

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Burning of Jan Bosch, Maastrict, 1559. Engraving by Jan Luiken in Martyrs Mirror Martyrs Mirror , v. 2, p. 259 of Dutch edition. Scan provided by Mennonite Library <br/> and Archives Mennonite Library and Archives

Jan Durps (Jan Bosch van den Berge, Berghe), an Anabaptist martyr, a weaver, was burned at the stake at Maastricht, Dutch province of Limburg, on 23 September 1559. He served the congregation "by reading as well as admonition," and thus came to the attention of the government. He was arraigned as a heretic and Anabaptist. Before the clergy, who tried to lead him to recantation, as well as before the government, he openly confessed his faith. In order to bring Durps back to the Catholic Church in spite of all, the affair was turned over to the Inquisition. This attempt was also futile. In spite of torture he remained steadfast until his death at the stake, 23 September 1559, at Maastricht, having just before his death spoken to the assembled crowd about his faith.


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Author(s) Otto Hege
Nanne van der Zijpp
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