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Grietgen (Margriete van den Berghe) of Lier in Brabant, Belgium, an Anabaptist martyr, was seized with three fellow believers (Goris Cooman, Naentgen Bornaige, and Wouter van der Weyden) at Ghent, Belgium, in 1551, whither they had all fled from Lier in Brabant. She had been baptized by Gillis den Dooper, presumably Gillis van Aken. Because she steadfastly confessed her faith she was sentenced to death by fire, which she cheerfully endured. The death of these four martyrs is sung in a hymn of 24 stanzas, beginning "Doemen vijftienhondert schreve, daertoe een en vijftich jaer," found in Liedtboecxken van den Offer des Heeren, No. 4.

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Dit Boec wort genoemt: Het Offer des Herren, om het inhout van sommighe opgheofferde kinderen Godts . . . N.p., 1570: 516.

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: II, 106.

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

Hege, Christian and Christian Neff. Mennonitisches Lexikon. Frankfurt & Weierhof: Hege; Karlsruhe: Schneider, 1913-1967: v. II, 175.

Verheyden, A. L. E. Het Gentsche Martyrologium (1530-1595). Brugge: De Tempel, 1946: 13, No. 21.


Author(s) Nanne van der Zijpp
Date Published 1956


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van der Zijpp, Nanne. "Grietgen (d. 1551)." Global Anabaptist Mennonite Encyclopedia Online. 1956. Web. 23 Nov 2014. http://gameo.org/index.php?title=Grietgen_(d._1551)&oldid=94955.

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van der Zijpp, Nanne. (1956). Grietgen (d. 1551). Global Anabaptist Mennonite Encyclopedia Online. Retrieved 23 November 2014, from http://gameo.org/index.php?title=Grietgen_(d._1551)&oldid=94955.




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