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Maerten van Wijk (Wijke) (Maerten Thomassen), an Anabaptist martyr, was burned at the stake at Antwerp, Belgium, on 26 February 1571, together with Calleken Meeuwels and Jan van de Walle. Concerning this martyr van Braght's<em> Martyrs' Mirror </em>is incomplete and not quite accurate in stating that he was executed in 1570 (without exact date). The records published by Génard give a number of particulars. Maerten was a tailor, a native of Wijk bij Duurstede, Dutch province of Utrecht. He was 25 or 26 years of age; Hans Busschaert had baptized him four years previously at Antwerp one evening after dark. During his trial Maerten rejected infant baptism and refused to take an oath. He signed the trial with his name: Merten Thomassen. His marriage with Lysken had been performed in the Anabaptist congregation.

Bibliography

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: 506.

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: 846. Available online at: http://www.homecomers.org/mirror/index.htm

Génard, P. Antwerpsch archievenblad: XIII, 30, 42, 62; XIV, 76 f., No. 872.


Author(s) Nanne van der Zijpp
Date Published 1957


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van der Zijpp, Nanne. "Maerten van Wijk (d. 1571)." Global Anabaptist Mennonite Encyclopedia Online. 1957. Web. 24 Jul 2014. http://gameo.org/index.php?title=Maerten_van_Wijk_(d._1571)&oldid=89210.

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van der Zijpp, Nanne. (1957). Maerten van Wijk (d. 1571). Global Anabaptist Mennonite Encyclopedia Online. Retrieved 24 July 2014, from http://gameo.org/index.php?title=Maerten_van_Wijk_(d._1571)&oldid=89210.




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