Fransken de Vroedvrouw (d. 1559)

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Fransken de Vroedvrouw (midwife) was an Anabaptist martyr whose official name was Franchyne van der Borcht. She was born at Lier, Belgium, and put to death because she had been (re) baptized, and refused to recant. She frankly confessed her faith and baptism and "did not respect her infant baptism." The execution took place secretly by drowning in a tub within the Steen castle at Antwerp on 19 March 1559, together with Pleuntgen van der Goes and Naentken Leerverkoopster. Her name is found in a hymn, "Aenhoort, Godt, hemelsche Vader" (Hear, O God, heavenly Father), in the <em>Liedtboecxken van den Offer des Heeren</em> (Hymn 16, No. 43).


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Author(s) Nanne van der Zijpp
Date Published 1956

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Adapted by permission of Herald Press, Harrisonburg, Virginia, from Mennonite Encyclopedia, Vol. 2, p. 379. All rights reserved.

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