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Karel (Kaerle) Tankreet (Tancreet, Tanghereet), an Anabaptist martyr, was burned at the stake on 5 July 1559 on the Vrijdagsmarkt at Ghent, Belgium, with three other martyrs, while a number of others, including Proentgen, the wife of Karel Tankreet, were executed on 7 August.  All these martyrs, who had been arrested on Friday after Pentecost of 1559, have been celebrated in a hymn, "Ick moet een liet beginnen" (I must begin a song), which is found as No. 14 in the Lietboecxken van den Offer des Heeren of 1563. Karel Tankreet originally was from Nijpkerke (Nieukerke) in Flanders; by trade he was a cobbler.


Dit Boec wort genoemt: Het Offer des Herren, om het inhout van simmighe opgheofferde kinderen Godts...N.p., 1570: 348, 556.

Braght, Thieleman J. van. Het Bloedigh Tooneel of Martelaers Spiegel der Doops-gesinde 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: 246.

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: 620. Available online at:

Verheyden, A. L. E. Het Gentsche Martyrologium (1530-1595) Brugge, 1946:25, No. 61.

Author(s) Nanne van der Zijpp
Date Published 1957

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