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Janneken Mels (Janneken Melchior Simonsse or Simonsdochter), from Brielle, Dutch province of South Holland, and baptized there in 1536 by Cornelis Pieters (Cornelis wt den Briel), an Anabaptist martyr, was beheaded on 4 September at Zierikzee, Dutch province of Zeeland. Janneken and three other Anabaptists were apprehended early in the morning of 20 July 1536; after imprisonment, trial, and torture all four died loyally. During the trial one of the burgomasters had snarled to them: "We care not for your Word of God, but hold to the mandate of the Emperor, and shall ignominiously exterminate all those who act contrary to it."

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

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Author(s) Nanne van der Zijpp
Date Published 1957


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van der Zijpp, Nanne. "Janneken Mels (d. 1536)." Global Anabaptist Mennonite Encyclopedia Online. 1957. Web. 22 Aug 2014. http://gameo.org/index.php?title=Janneken_Mels_(d._1536)&oldid=82635.

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van der Zijpp, Nanne. (1957). Janneken Mels (d. 1536). Global Anabaptist Mennonite Encyclopedia Online. Retrieved 22 August 2014, from http://gameo.org/index.php?title=Janneken_Mels_(d._1536)&oldid=82635.




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