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Burning of 6 brothers and 2 sisters, Amsterdam, 1549. Engraving by Jan Luiken in Martyrs Mirror, v. 2, p. 83 of Dutch edition. Scan provided by [ Mennonite Library and Archives]
Barbara Thielemans (Tielmans), an Anabaptist martyr, was burned at the stake on 20 March 1549 at Amsterdam, along with seven others. According to the sentence, quoted by van Braght in the Martyrs Mirror, Barbara came from Dordrecht in the Dutch province of South Holland. She was baptized by Gillis van Aken. Concerning Barbara and her seven companions a song was composed, which begins "Tis nu schier al vervult ons broeders getal" (The number of our brethren, 'tis almost now fulfilled). It appeared in the Veelderhande Liedekens of 1556 and afterwards in later songbooks. The song consists of eight stanzas, the first letter of each being the initial of one of the martyrs.


Braght, Thieleman J. van. Het Bloedigh Tooneel of Martelaers Spiegel der Doopsgesinde 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, 82.

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: 483. Available online at:

Verhooren en Vonissen der Wederdoopers, betrokken bij de aanslagen op Amsterdam in 1534 en 1535, in Bijdragen en Mededeelingen van het Historisch Genootschap, vol. XLI. Amsterdam, 1920: 155, 308.

Wieder, F. C. De Schriftuurlijke liedekens : de liederen der Nederlandsche Hervormden tot op het jaar 1566, inhoudsbeschrijving en bibliographie : academisch proefschrift ... 's-Gravenhage: Martinus Nijhoff, 1900: See index on p. 193.

Author(s) Nanne van der Zijpp
Date Published 1953

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Adapted by permission of Herald Press, Harrisonburg, Virginia, and Kitchener, Ontario, from Mennonite Encyclopedia, Vol. 1, p. 232. All rights reserved.

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