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Claerken, an Anabaptist martyr, whose official name was Clairette Boucket, or Bocquette, wife of the martyr Maerten de Wael (Martin le Josne), was secretly executed on 6 July 1557 in the Steen prison in Antwerp, by being drowned in a sack, together with Margrite Venneau (see Margriete, Jeroons huysvrou) and Janneken op Dextelaer. After they were put to death, their naked bodies were thrown into the Scheide River. In the song, "Liedeken van 72 Vrienden" (Claerken's name is listed as No. 22), it is said of these women:

Op den Steen verdroncken, siet openbaer,

Int Schelt geworpen daer naer,

Daer heeft men se sien drijven

Opt water, met schoone witte lijven.

This song is included in the Liedtboecxken van den Offer des Heeren (No. 16).

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Dit Boec wort genoemt: Het Offer des Herren, om het inhout van sommighe opgheofferde kinderen Godts . . . N.p., 1570: 565.

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, 185.

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: 569.  Available online at: http://www.homecomers.org/mirror/index.htm.

Génard, Petrus. Antwerpsch archievenblad: VIII, 434, 438; XIV, 22-23, No. 248.

Wolkan, Rudolf. Geschicht-Buch der Hutterischen Brüder. Macleod, AB, and Vienna, 1923: 63, 72.


Author(s) Nanne van der Zijpp
Date Published 1953


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van der Zijpp, Nanne. "Claerken (d. 1557)." Global Anabaptist Mennonite Encyclopedia Online. 1953. Web. 17 Apr 2014. http://gameo.org/index.php?title=Claerken_(d._1557)&oldid=94167.

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van der Zijpp, Nanne. (1953). Claerken (d. 1557). Global Anabaptist Mennonite Encyclopedia Online. Retrieved 17 April 2014, from http://gameo.org/index.php?title=Claerken_(d._1557)&oldid=94167.




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