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Lynken (Lijnken) Jacops was an Anabaptist martyr, drowned at the Steen castle at Antwerp, Belgium, on 31 December 1558. Van Braght calls this martyr Lijntgen, and gives only the year of execution, not the exact date, giving only brief information. From the records it is known that she was born at Dilsen, in the territory of Liege, Belgium, the daughter of a boatman. According to Lietboecxken van den Offer des Heeren she was "Hendricks Joncwijf," i.e., she was married to Hendrick shortly before. Together with Lynken three other martyrs died. The four women, each of them crookedly bound with ropes, died steadfastly and peacefully. Lijnken is celebrated in the hymn "Aenhoort Godt, hemelsche Vader" (Hear, O God, heavenly Father), No. 16 of the Lietboecxken van den Offer des Heeren.

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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, 202.

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: 655. Available online at:

Dit Boec wort genoemt: Het Offer des Herren, om het inhout van sommighe opgheofferde kinderen Godts . . . N.p., 1570: 566.

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Hege, Christian and Christian Neff. Mennonitisches Lexikon, 4 vols. Frankfurt & Weierhof: Hege; Karlsruhe: Schneider, 1913-1967: v. II, 709.

Author(s) Nanne van der Zijpp
Date Published 1957

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