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Burning of John Knel, London, 1550. Engraving by Jan Luiken in Martyrs Mirror Martyrs Mirror , v. 2, p. 99 of Dutch edition. Scan provided by Mennonite Library <br/> and Archives Mennonite Library and Archives
Johan Knel (Büchner) was an Anabaptist martyr, burned at the stake in London on 2 May 1550, with Anna Cantiana, because they believed "with Menno Simons . . . that the Son of God . . . did not receive His humanity from Mary."


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, 99.

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: 498. Available online at:

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Author(s) Nanne van der Zijpp
Date Published 1957

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van der Zijpp, Nanne. "Knel, Johan (d. 1550)." Global Anabaptist Mennonite Encyclopedia Online. 1957. Web. 22 Oct 2016.,_Johan_(d._1550)&oldid=82781.

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van der Zijpp, Nanne. (1957). Knel, Johan (d. 1550). Global Anabaptist Mennonite Encyclopedia Online. Retrieved 22 October 2016, from,_Johan_(d._1550)&oldid=82781.

Adapted by permission of Herald Press, Harrisonburg, Virginia, and Kitchener, Ontario, from Mennonite Encyclopedia, Vol. 3, p. 208. All rights reserved.

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