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Jan Jansz Starter was born in Amsterdam in 1594 of English Brownist parents. He joined the Waterlander Mennonites, was a bookseller at Leeuwarden in Friesland in 1614-20, back in Amsterdam in 1621, and soon after accepted an administrative office in the army of Ernst von Mansfeld. During a military campaign he met his early death near the Hungarian border in September 1626. Starter was an artist, poet, and engraver. His best-known work is Friesche Lusthof, a volume of poems published at Amsterdam in 1621 (reprints 1622, 1624-25, 1627). Concerning his connections with the Mennonite Church there is not much information. They probably were rather loose. Starter's Menniste Vryage (Mennonite Courtship) satirizes the "fijne" Mennonites.

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Algemeen Doopsgezinde Weekblad XII (1957-58): No. 45.

Kalff, G. Geschichte der Nederlandische Letterkunde IV. Groningen, 1909: 172-82.

Author(s) Nanne van der Zijpp
Date Published 1959

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Zijpp, Nanne van der. "Starter, Jan Jansz (1594-1626)." Global Anabaptist Mennonite Encyclopedia Online. 1959. Web. 16 Jan 2017.,_Jan_Jansz_(1594-1626)&oldid=109982.

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Zijpp, Nanne van der. (1959). Starter, Jan Jansz (1594-1626). Global Anabaptist Mennonite Encyclopedia Online. Retrieved 16 January 2017, from,_Jan_Jansz_(1594-1626)&oldid=109982.

Adapted by permission of Herald Press, Harrisonburg, Virginia, and Kitchener, Ontario, from Mennonite Encyclopedia, Vol. 4, p. 611. All rights reserved.

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