A Week of On This Day in Utrecht

If you are a fan of Dutch history then this was an interesting week for you.

On 20 November in 1527 Wendelmoet “Weyntjen” Claesdochter, became the first Dutch woman to be burned as heretic, not a very pleasant statistic and not something to be proud of!

On the same day, but in 1342 Pope Clemens VI names John IV of Arkel as bishop of Utrecht.

More contemporary was the fact that 20 November is UN Universal Children’s Day.

21 November 1317 saw Frederik of Sierck/Zyrick becoming bishop of Utrecht.

22 November in 1346 sawstreet fights in Utrecht, after the Hollandsgezinde Gunterlingen statements.

So a few things to consider and some research needed if you are interested in Dutch history!

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Jon Wilkins

Jon Wilkins is Welsh and lives in England. He is a writer. A Europhile and Remainer, he is a regular visitor to Utrecht and has set his crime novel series in the city.

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