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Elsa van Lostadt, wife of Gysbrecht van Baeck, Lord of Varik, bailiff of the town of IJsselstein, Dutch province of Utrecht, was much in sympathy with the Anabaptists, whom she soon after 1530 largely favored. Later she joined the Anabaptist-Münsterite sect of the Batenburgers. In August 1544 she was imprisoned at The Hague, but was released without trial, probably in February 1545, against a security of 1,000 caroli-guilders; on 3 October 1548 she was acquitted by the Court of Holland, which had ordered the imprisonment in 1544. This favorable arrangement concerning a notorious heretic was due to the fact that Elsa van Lostadt was a noble lady of high rank and especially because the influential Maximiliaan van Egmond, Count of Buren, had appealed to the Emperor Charles V.


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Author(s) Nanne van der Zijpp
Date Published 1957

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