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Viglius (Wigle) van Aytta of Zwichem (1507-1577), a learned nobleman of Friesland, Netherlands, a friend of Erasmus, a Roman Catholic clergy­man, ecclesiastical inspector for the bishop of Utrecht in the Dutch province of Groningen 1534-35, member of the (Spanish) Secret Court of Brus­sels, several times ambassador of Emperor Charles V, was a bitter opponent of heresy and especially of the Anabaptists. His letters contain some particulars about the Anabaptists after 1534. A painted portrait which until the early 20th cen­tury was supposed to be a picture of Menno Simons (Doopsgezinde Bijdragen 1916, facing p. 33) probably represents Viglius van Aytta.

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Hermersdorf, B. H. D. Wigle van Aytta van Zwichem. Leiden, 1914.

Mellink, Albert F. De Wederdopers in de noordelijke Nederlanden 1531-1544. Groningen: J.B. Wolters, 1954: 21, 258, 262, 329.

Mennonite Life III No. 3 (1948): 16.

Molhuysen, P. C. and  P. J. Blok. Nieuw Nederlandsch Biografisch Woordenboek, 10 vols. Leiden, 1911-1937: II, 46-52.

Author(s) Nanne van der Zijpp
Date Published 1959

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