Viglius van Aytta (1507-1577)

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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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Author(s) Nanne van der Zijpp
Date Published 1959

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