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Abraham Picolet, an Anabaptist martyr, was burned at the stake in Antwerp in 1569. From the trial, as related in the Martyrs Mirror, it appears that Abraham was a young man who four years before had been in Germany. He had not yet received baptism upon confession of his faith. He was seized in the woods of Wilrijck near Antwerp and imprisoned in the Steen at Antwerp, with Hendrik van Etten and another young man, Herman, who later became unfaithful. Abraham was examined three times. Van Braght gives the information that Abraham and Hendrik wrote many letters from prison, which, however, were all lost except one, a rather long letter from Abraham to his sisters, which is included in the Martyrs' Mirror. In this letter Abraham calls himself  "a prisoner because of God's Word." Abraham and Hendrik were both condemned to death and hanged along the road to Wilrijck. The date of the execution is not known.

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Braght, Thieleman J. van. Het Bloedigh Tooneel of Martelaers Spiegel der Doops-gesinde of Weereloose Christenen, Die om 't getuygenis van Jesus haren Salighmaker geleden hebben ende gedood zijn van Christi tijd of tot desen tijd toe. Den Tweeden Druk. Amsterdam: Hieronymus Sweerts, ..., 1685. Part II: 475-480.

Braght, Thieleman J. van. The Bloody Theatre or Martyrs' Mirror of the Defenseless Christians Who Baptized Only upon Confession of Faith and Who Suffered and Died for the Testimony of Jesus Their Saviour . . . to the Year A.D. 1660. Scottdale, PA: Herald Press, 1951: 818-823. Available online at:

Author(s) Nanne van der Zijpp
Date Published 1955

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