Gielis Mattysz (d. 1564)

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Gielis (Gilles, Jelis) Mattysz (Matthijsz), an Anabaptist martyr, a surgeon at Middelburg, Dutch province of Zeeland, who was put to death there with Willeboort Cornelisz on 26 October 1564. He said he lay imprisoned over two years. The execution took place at night for fear of the populace. The Offer des Heeren and van Braght print three of his letters. One is addressed to the congregation whose pastor he was. It is a pastoral letter of unusual beauty, urging his members to be faithful and walk uprightly. The others were written to his wife, to comfort her and encourage her to have patience and perseverance in a pious life, well-pleasing to God. The Offer des Heeren celebrates him in a song, "Mijn jock is soet, mijn last is licht" (eight stanzas).


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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: 671-680.. Available online at:

Dit Boec wort genoemt: Het Offer des Herren, om het inhout van sommighe opgheofferde kinderen Godts . . . N.p., 1570: 448-477.

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Author(s) Christian Neff
Date Published 1956

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Adapted by permission of Herald Press, Harrisonburg, Virginia, from Mennonite Encyclopedia, Vol. 2, p. 516. All rights reserved.

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