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Karel (Kaerle) de Raed (Raedt), an Anabaptist martyr, was burned at the stake at Tillegem near Bruges, Belgium, on 18 May  1570 (van Braght, <em>Martyrs Mirror</em>, erroneously 1568, without exact date). With him Hansken in 't Schaeck and Willem de Snijder suffered martyrdom, while Karel's wife Grietgen was executed some days after. Karel, who was born at Whyngene in Flanders, and was a shepherd, had been a member of the congregation of Bruges since 1564. On Ascension Day (4 May) 1570, he was arrested with a number of other members of the congregation at a meeting held in the woods of Tillegem.


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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: 725. Available online at:

Verheyden, A.L.E. Het Brugsche martyrologium (12 October 1527-7 Augustus 1573). Brussels, n.d., 1944: No. 64.

Hege, Christian and Christian Neff. Mennonitisches Lexikon. Frankfurt & Weierhof: Hege; Karlsruhe; Schneider, 1913-1967: v. III, 425.

Author(s) Nanne van der Zijpp
Date Published 1957

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