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Execution of Harmen de Verwer and 5 others, Deventer, 1571.  Engraving by Jan Luiken in Martyrs Mirror, v. 2, p. 553 of Dutch edition. Scan provided by Mennonite Library and Archives
Harmen de Wever (Harmen de Verwer, i.e., the Dyer, in van Braght's Martyrs' Mirror and Harmen der Färber in Mennonitisches Lexikon II: 256), an Anabaptist martyr, a weaver by trade, of Deventer, Dutch province of Overijssel, was burned there between 24 May and 16 June 1571. On 11 March 1571, he was arrested together with 11 other members of the congregation by the Spanish soldiers of Alba. When in prison he at first recanted, scandalizing his fellow prisoners by his dice-playing, but soon he regretted his apostasy and finished his earthly life by suffering bravely and steadfastly. On the scaffold he was gagged in order to prevent his speaking to the crowd.


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, 552 ff.

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: 885. Available online at:

Doopsgezinde Bijdragen (1919): 29 ff.

Hege, Christian and Christian Neff. Mennonitisches Lexikon, 4 vols. Frankfurt & Weierhof: Hege; Karlsruhe; Schneider, 1913-1967: v. II, 256.

Author(s) Nanne van der Zijpp
Date Published 1956

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