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Burning of Christiaen Langedul, Cornelis Claesz, Mattheus de Vik, and Hans Symonsz, Antwerp, 1567 Engraving by Jan Luiken in , v. 2, p. 345 of Dutch edition. Scan provided by [ Mennonite Library and Archives]
Cornelis Claesz (Claessens), an Anabaptist martyr, a native of Ghent, Belgium, was burned at the stake with three companions, Christiaen Janssens Langedul, Mattheus de Vik, and Hans Symonsz, in Antwerp, 13 September 1567, after terrible torture. By trade he was a shoemaker. From prison he wrote his wife a moving letter, comforting her and encouraging her in the faith.


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, 345.

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Author(s) Nanne van der Zijpp
Date Published 1953

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