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Marijntgen (Marijtgen) van Male (or Martynckin Maelbouts, Malebosch), an Anabaptist martyr, beheaded on 12 December 1564, at Ghent, Belgium, with her sister Pierijntgen. They were natives of Thielt in Flanders and daughters of a Zegher. Other particulars are lacking. Van Braght's Martyrs' Mirror names this martyr twice: first as Marijntgen van Male, and then as Martijntgen Maelbouts. In neither case does he give the exact date of execution. This martyr is listed among the martyrs of Ghent in a hymn found in the Lietboecxken van den Offer des Heeren of 1578. The account on this martyr found in Mennonitisches Lexikon III is incorrect.

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Dit Boec wort genoemt: Het Offer des Herren, om het inhout van sommighe opgheofferde kinderen Godts . . . N.p., 1570: 652.

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, 301, 306.

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: 666, 670. Available online at:

Hege, Christian and Christian Neff. Mennonitisches Lexikon, 4 vols. Frankfurt & Weierhof: Hege; Karlsruhe: Schneider, 1913-1967: v. III, 44.

Verheyden, A. L. E. Het Gentsche Martyrologium (1530-1595). Brugge: De Tempel, 1946: 30 f., No. 103.

Author(s) Nanne van der Zijpp
Date Published 1957

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Adapted by permission of Herald Press, Harrisonburg, Virginia, and Kitchener, Ontario, from Mennonite Encyclopedia, Vol. 3, pp. 483-484. All rights reserved.

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