Dure, Georg Van Der

Dure, Georg Van Der (better known as Georgius Aportanus), the reformer of East Frisia, was born at Zwolle, and died at Emden in 1526. He was the first who openly opposed the Catholic Church at Emden in 1519, and preached against her from the same pulpit in which the doctrine of Rome was defended. Dure's influence caused all priests to be expelled from the Roman Catholic churches, and Emden became the nucleus from which Protestant missionaries were sent to the Netherlands. See Meinders, Kerkelijke hervorming, page 395; Ypey en Dermont, Geschiedenis der ned. hervormde Kerk, 1:34; Harkenroht, Oostfriesche oorsprongkelijkheden, 1:135, 146 sq.; 2:609, 697; Eggerik Beninga, Chronyk van Oostfriesland, page 602; Wiarda, Ostfriesische Geschichte, 2:313 sq., 324 sq..; Alberdingk Thijm, in Wetzer u. Welte's Kirchen-Lexikon, s.v. (B.P.)

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