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Drowning of Leonard Pluvier, Jannetje, and Marietje van Aken, Antwerp, 1560. Engraving by Jan Luiken in Martyrs <br/> Mirror Martyrs Mirror , v. 2, p. 271 of Dutch edition. Scan provided by Mennonite Library and Archives Mennonite Library and Archives
Janneken van Aken (Jenneken Eghels), an Anabaptist martyr, drowned in a wine-cask, 3 April 1560 inside the Steen castle (prison) at Antwerp, Belgium, together with Lenaert Plovier and Mayken de Hont. Particulars about this martyr are lacking. We only know that she was born at Haerlebeke near Kortrijk in Flanders. Her name is celebrated in the hymn "Aenhoort Godt, hemelsche Vader" in the <em>Lietboecxken van den Offer des Heeren</em>; she may be the author of the song "Verhuecht verblijt groot ende cleijn" of this Lietboecxken.


Dit Boec wort genoemt: Het Offer des Herren, om het inhout van sommighe opgheofferde kinderen Godts . . . N.p., 1578: 552 f., 567.

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, 270.

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: 641. Available online at:

Génard, Petrus. Antwerpsch archievenblad. Antwerpen, Belgium: Stadsarchief te Antwerpen: IX, 7, 12; XIV, 28 f., No. 316.

Hege, Christian and Christian Neff. Mennonitisches Lexikon, 4 vols. Frankfurt & Weierhof: Hege; Karlsruhe; Schneider, 1913-1967: v. II, 389.

Author(s) Nanne van der Zijpp
Date Published 1957

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Adapted by permission of Herald Press, Harrisonburg, Virginia, and Kitchener, Ontario, from Mennonite Encyclopedia, Vol. 3, pp. 87-88. All rights reserved.

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