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Walraven Herberts, of Middelie(?), at first a Roman Catholic priest at Deventer, Netherlands, in 1533 joined the Dutch Anabaptists and moved to Münster in Westphalia, and in 1534 became a follower of Jan van Leyden. In early 1535 he was sent out from Münster to propagate the Münsterite doctrines and to solicit soldiers for Jan van Leyden. He worked at Deventer, Zwolle, Amsterdam, North Holland, and Utrecht. To earn his living in the meantime he did not hesitate to pass as a Catholic priest and even celebrated masses. Notwithstanding his slyness he was apprehended at Utrecht and burned at the stake there on 11 March 1535.


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Author(s) Nanne van der Zijpp
Date Published 1959

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