Spaarndam (Noord-Holland, Netherlands)

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Spaarndam, a hamlet in the Dutch province of North Holland, not far from Haarlem, which was in the 16th century a watery and inaccessible region, was in the period of persecution often a hiding place for dislodged Anabaptists. During a raid in March 1534 at least 105 men and 126 women and a number of children were apprehended at Spaarndam, some of whom were executed at Haarlem.

In December 1534 or in early January 1535 a meeting of 32 Anabaptist leaders was held in the inn "De halve Mane" at Spaarndam. This meeting was called to discuss the matter of revolutionary Anabaptism. Revolutionary Anabaptists such as Meynart van Emden instigated an attack on Amsterdam, but most of the leaders refused to consider such rebellion, desiring to hold to peaceful principles. This too was the advice of Jacob van Campen, the Anabaptist bishop of Amsterdam, who was not present at the Spaarndam meeting. The proceedings of the Spaarndam discussion clearly show that at this moment the majority of the Dutch Anabaptist leaders were averse to violence.


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Author(s) Nanne van der Zijpp
Date Published 1959

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