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Pieter van Montfoort, a Catholic priest, was a negotiator of the Court of Brussels (Governess Maria of Hungary) with the Anabaptist kingdom of Münster in 1534-1535. Jan van Geelen, who acted as the ambassador of Münster, visited van Montfoort at Amsterdam and Brussels and, while preparing Anabaptist revolts in the Netherlands, received from van Montfoort a safe-conduct. After van Geelen's death during the attack on the Amsterdam town hall on 10 May 1535, the negotiations were broken off, and van Montfoort, having incurred the wrath of the hoodwinked authorities by his gullibility, was sentenced to death, but pardoned in March 1537.

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Author(s) Nanne van der Zijpp
Date Published 1957


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Zijpp, Nanne van der. "Montfoort, Pieter van (16th century)." Global Anabaptist Mennonite Encyclopedia Online. 1957. Web. 22 Sep 2014. http://gameo.org/index.php?title=Montfoort,_Pieter_van_(16th_century)&oldid=111873.

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Zijpp, Nanne van der. (1957). Montfoort, Pieter van (16th century). Global Anabaptist Mennonite Encyclopedia Online. Retrieved 22 September 2014, from http://gameo.org/index.php?title=Montfoort,_Pieter_van_(16th_century)&oldid=111873.




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