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Hans (Jan) Corneliszoon (Hans de Ruytere), an Anabaptist martyr, born at Rheden near Arnhem, Dutch province of Gelderland, burned at the stake at Antwerp, Belgium, on 4 January 1577. He was charged with having been rebaptized and delivering addresses. He was thus apparently a preacher. According to the account of van Braght (Martyrs' Mirror) his wife and daughter were executed with him, but Ge'nard did not find them in the records.


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, 748.

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: 1,056. Available online at:

Doopsgezinde Bijdragen (1899):  108.

Génard, P. Antwerpsch archievenblad XIII: 210;  XIV: 98  f.,  No. 1118.

Author(s) Nanne van der Zijpp
Date Published 1956

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van der Zijpp, Nanne. "Hans Corneliszoon (d. 1577)." Global Anabaptist Mennonite Encyclopedia Online. 1956. Web. 28 Apr 2017.

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Adapted by permission of Herald Press, Harrisonburg, Virginia, and Kitchener, Ontario, from Mennonite Encyclopedia, Vol. 2, p. 649. All rights reserved.

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