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Maeyken Janssens van der Goes, an Anabaptist martyr, was a fellow captive of Abraham Picolet and his friend Hendrik van Etten of Breda, with whom she was burned at the stake in Antwerp, 22 November 1569. Her husband Jasper de Taschringmaker had suffered a similar death on 22 June. Her 18-year-old daughter Neelken (Nelleken) was also burned at the stake for her faith, on 27 June 1570. Maeyken was apparently a native of the town of Goes in the Dutch province of Zeeland.

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Author(s) Karel Vos
Nanne van der Zijpp
Date Published 1957

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