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Anneken Botson, an Anabaptist martyr, was seized with her daughter Janneken and a fellow believer, Maeyken Pieters, at Neustadt, "in the Lutzelburgerland," Luxembourg, in 1585, and taken to St-Veit. Because they refused to recant they soon suffered martyrdom. "But they went like innocent sheep to the place of sacrifice and died undismayed," records the Anabaptist chronicle. These martyrs were not yet in the Groot 0fferboek of 1613.


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, 753.

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: 1060. Available online at:

Hege, Christian and Christian Neff. Mennonitisches Lexikon, 4 vols. Frankfurt & Weierhof: Hege; Karlsruhe; Schneider, 1913-1967: v. I, 250.

Author(s) Otto Hege
Nanne van der Zijpp
Date Published 1953

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