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Hans Vermeersch (thus called in Groot Offerboek of 1615 and later in martyr books, including van Braght, Martyrs' Mirror; in Offer his name is Hans van der Maes), an Anabaptist martyr, executed at the end of 1559 at Waastene (Warneton) in West Flanders, Belgium. About this martyr nothing is known but a letter, he wrote in prison, which is found in Offer des Heeren and all following martyr books, including van Braght's Martyrs' Mirror. He states that he was taken from prison to the inquisitor, and gives a detailed account of his trial, both the inquisitor's questions and his answers. In the Offer this letter is followed by a hymn concerning Hans beginning "Tyrannich werck spoortmen nu alle weghen" (Tyrannic action is now found everywhere). In the 17th century members of a Vermeersch family were found among the Flemish Mennonite congregation of Haarlem, while Gielis Vermeersch was a deacon at Harlingen about 1690. It could not be determined whether or in what way these families are related to the martyr Hans Vermeersch.

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Dit Boec wort genoemt: Het Offer des Herren, om het inhout van sommighe opgheofferde kinderen Godts . . . N.p., 1562, 1567, 1570, 1578, 1580, Amsterdam, 1590, n.p., 1591, Amsterdam, 1595, Harlingen, 1599: 358-66: 259.

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, 259.

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: 631. Available online at:

Wolkan, Rudolf. Die Lieder der Wiedertäufer. Berlin, 1903. Reprinted Nieuwkoop : B. De Graaf, 1965 : 67.

Author(s) Nanne van der Zijpp
Date Published 1956

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Adapted by permission of Herald Press, Harrisonburg, Virginia, and Kitchener, Ontario, from Mennonite Encyclopedia, Vol. 2, p. 653. All rights reserved.

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