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Janneken Walraven, listed by van Braght as an Anabaptist martyr who was executed in 1557 at Antwerp, Belgium. Van Braght writes: "In the year 1557 on Pentecost eve there was burnt alive at Antwerp . . . Janneken Walraven, the mother of Jacques Walraven, who was a minister of the Word at Amsterdam among the Mennonites." Here van Braght is wrong, confusing two martyrs, Tanneken (Anneken) Walraven, widow of Jan Verschelt, burned at the stake on 22 May (Pentecost) 1557, at Antwerp, who may have been the mother of the afore-mentioned preacher, serving 1588-1617, and Janneken du Boys, wife of Andre Vanneaux, drowned at Antwerp on 22 April 1558. Thus Janneken Walraven did not exist.


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, 178.

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: 563. Available online at:

Author(s) Nanne van der Zijpp
Date Published 1957

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Zijpp, Nanne van der. "Janneken Walraven (d. 1557)." Global Anabaptist Mennonite Encyclopedia Online. 1957. Web. 26 Apr 2017.

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Adapted by permission of Herald Press, Harrisonburg, Virginia, and Kitchener, Ontario, from Mennonite Encyclopedia, Vol. 3, p. 89. All rights reserved.

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