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Belle (Bailleul), an old town in northern France, which in Reformation times belonged to Flanders, was the scene of the execution of eight Protestant martyrs—five Reformed and three Mennonites. These latter were Maeyken Doornaerts, Francijntgen, and her niece Grietgen, all three burned at the stake in 1556. Many of our martyrs executed in Rijssel, Antwerp, and Bruges were natives of Belle, indicating that there was presumably a congregation here, but there is not a single reference to its existence in Bibliographie des Martyrologes Protestants Neerlandais.


Map:Belle (Nord-Pas de Calais)

Author(s) Nanne van der Zijpp
Date Published 1953

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Zijpp, Nanne van der. "Belle (Nord-Pas de Calais, France)." Global Anabaptist Mennonite Encyclopedia Online. 1953. Web. 26 May 2016.,_France)&oldid=110498.

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Zijpp, Nanne van der. (1953). Belle (Nord-Pas de Calais, France). Global Anabaptist Mennonite Encyclopedia Online. Retrieved 26 May 2016, from,_France)&oldid=110498.

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