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Jannetje Thijsdochter, 35 years of age, wife of Pieter Thoniszn, a carpenter at Amsterdam, belonged to the Anabaptist congregation of Amsterdam. She had been baptized about Pentecost 1534 by Jacob van Campen, the Anabaptist bishop of Amsterdam, in the house of the deacon Jan Paeuw. She was apprehended, apparently at The Hague, on 22 January 1535, when she was on a business trip to Delft. She recanted and renounced her faith, and for this reason she was not included in the martyrbooks. Apparently she was set free after her trial of 23 January. The report of this trial is very interesting, because Jannetje gave much and detailed information about the Amsterdam Anabaptist congregation and its leaders; between Pentecost 1534 and January 1535 more than 300 persons were baptized in the house of Jan Paeuw. The total number of Anabaptists in Amsterdam was about 3,500; preachers from abroad always were lodged with members of the congregation; some preachers had come from England; a plan to capture the city of Amsterdam by weapons, toward Christmas 1534, of which Meynart van Emden was one of the promoters, was condemned and thwarted by Jacob van Campen; in a meeting of 32 Anabaptist leaders, held in December 1534 at Spaarndam, near Haarlem in the Dutch province of North Holland, the majority had rejected the revolutionary principles.

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Mellink, Albert F. De Wederdopers in de noordelijke Nederlanden 1531-1544. Groningen: J.B. Wolters, 1954: passim, see  Index.

"Verhooren en Vonissen der Wederdoopers, betrokken bij de aanslagen op Amsterdam in 1534 en 1535", in Bijdragen en Mededeelingen van het Historisch Genootschap 41 (Amsterdam, 1920): 179-184. Available in full electronic text at

Author(s) Nanne van der Zijpp
Date Published 1957

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