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Margaret of Austria (1480-1530) Source: Wikipedia Commons
Margaret of Austria: regent of the Netherlands, both Belgium and Holland, from 1507 until 1515 and 1519 until her death in 1530; was born 10 January 1480, a daughter of Emperor Maximilian I.  After the death of her brother Philip I of Castile in 1506, her brother's Burgundian territories were inherited by his son, the future Emperor Charles V.  Due to Charles' youth, Margaret was named as his guardian, and governed the Netherlands on her nephew's behalf.  Margaret died 1 December 1530 and was succeeded by her niece Maria of Habsburg.

Although Anabaptism did not rise in these countries before 1530, an Evangelical anti-Catholic movement, usually called Sacramenrism, arose in the last years of her government. Since it was also her task to suppress heresy, she occasionally concerned herself with heretics. On 25 May 1527, she wrote a letter to the Court of Holland at The Hague concerning the martyr Wendelmoet Claesdochter, who is listed in Offer des Heeren


Dit Boec wort genoemt: Het Offer des Herren, om het inhout van sommighe opgheofferde kinderen Godts . . . N.p., 1570: 422-429.

Hoop Scheffer, Jacob Gijsbert de. Inventaris der Archiefstukken berustende bij de Vereenigde Doopsgezinde Gemeente to Amsterdam, 2 vols. Amsterdam: Uitgegeven en ten geschenke aangeboden door den Kerkeraad dier Gemeente, 1883-1884: v. I, No. 1b.

Author(s) Nanne van der Zijpp
Richard D. Thiessen
Date Published December 2007

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van der Zijpp, Nanne and Richard D. Thiessen. "Margaret of Austria, Regent of the Netherlands (1480-1530)." Global Anabaptist Mennonite Encyclopedia Online. December 2007. Web. 30 Jan 2015.,_Regent_of_the_Netherlands_(1480-1530)&oldid=92580.

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van der Zijpp, Nanne and Richard D. Thiessen. (December 2007). Margaret of Austria, Regent of the Netherlands (1480-1530). Global Anabaptist Mennonite Encyclopedia Online. Retrieved 30 January 2015, from,_Regent_of_the_Netherlands_(1480-1530)&oldid=92580.

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