Willem de Cleermaker (d. 1560)

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Willem de Cleermaker (Willem Enckus or Enchus), an Anabaptist martyr, executed 5 October 1560, at Ant­werp, Belgium, by being drowned secretly within the Steen castle. Van Braght's information that he was burned at the stake on the market place early in the morning is incorrect. Van Braght gives only the year 1560, not the exact date. Willem was a na­tive of Berg in the district of Cologne, Germany. He died after a frank and valiant confession of faith, and is commemorated in the hymn "Een nieuwe liedt"  (a new song), No. 10 of the Lietboecxken.


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Dit Boec wort genoemt: Het Offer des Herren, om het inhout van sommighe opgheofferde kinderen Godts . . . N.p., 1562, 1567, 1570, 1578, 1580, Amsterdam, 1590, n.p., 1591, Amsterdam, 1595, Harlingen, 1599: 544-47.

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Author(s) Nanne van der Zijpp
Date Published 1959

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Adapted by permission of Herald Press, Harrisonburg, Virginia, from Mennonite Encyclopedia, Vol. 4, p. 953. All rights reserved.

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